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Grade 1–3—Kimmelman's story, ostensibly about the irrepressible Alice Roosevelt, is as much about her father and his accomplishments. Each spread opens with a statement about what Teddy can handle (sickness, fighting, the vice-presidency, diplomacy), faced with a page of what he can't handle (one of Alice's many antics), and followed by the admonishment, "Alice, mind your manners!" Gustavson's realistic oil-on-paper illustrations convey the period while capturing the humor and vivaciousness of the Roosevelts. The author does not provide readers with much historical context, however (Alice's behavior may not seem so outlandish today), and emphasizes Teddy's frustration and parental incompetence. Barbara Kerley's What to Do About Alice? (Scholastic, 2008) does a better job of conveying time and place and the president's appreciation of his daughter's individuality.—Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC END

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"A lively, fictionalized portrait of a very independent girl." --Publishers Weekly
"...realistic oil-on-paper illustrations convey the period while capturing the humor and vivaciousness of the Roosevelts." --School Library Journal
"...energetic oil paintings do justice to Alice's shocking escapades...ideal for reading aloud." --Booklist
"What a fun picture-book biography!" --Winston-Salem Journal

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: AD700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561454923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561454921
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Alice Roosevelt was the only child from President Teddy Roosevelt's first marriage (her mother died in childbirth). Though Pres. Roosevelt was renowned for his leadership and negotiation skills (winning the Novel Peace Prize for his mediation efforts between the Russians and Japanese), he had one primary weakness, i.e. his oldest daughter Alice. She gave him such a hard time through her daredevil stunts and scandal inducing acts (driving cars at high speed, riding a pig, keeping a pet bear and garter snake, etc.), that he was reputed to have said, "I can do one of two things." "I can be president of the United States or I can control Alice. I cannot possibly do both."

Alice Roosevelt was a strong-willed young woman determined to march to the beat of her own drum. When I read this with my 5-year-old daughter who is quite the free spirit herself, we both laughed out loud at some of Alice's antics. The story will appeal to any child who identifies with the adventurous and independent streak in Alice. The full-color illustrations are vivid and beautiful, capturing the vital force that was Alice Roosevelt, and contrasting this with the achievements of Pres. Teddy Roosevelt. Based on real-life events, this makes for an interesting and engaging read for children ages 4-8.
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I love this book. In simple words, it tells the story of the eminently capable President Theodore Roosevelt, a man who fought in wars, dealt with business leaders, and ran America, but failed to rein in his daughter, Alice. The story neatly parallels Teddy's successes with his failures to control Alice. The pictures show a mischievous Alice and a bewildered Teddy and include bubbles of their conversations. I would have loved this book more if I hadn't already read last year's book about Alice Roosevelt, a remarkably similar story of Alice's exploits.

A sample:"Teddy knew how to handle the Russians and the Japanese when they couldn't stop fighting each other. Teddy got them to shake hands and make up. He got a Nobel Peace Prize for that.Teddy knew how to handle the planet. He helped create a system of national parks so that the land and wildlife were protected.But Teddy Roosevelt didn't always know how to handle his oldest daughter, Alice. He told her that while she lived under his roof, she had to obey his rules. What did Alice do? She simply decided to spend her time over his roof!"
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I ordered this book for my niece who's in 2nd grade. She read it aloud while we were stuck in Christmas shopping traffic. It was hilarious and made the time pass so quickly! She says it's one of her favorite books!
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By jjkw on June 27, 2013
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My 4-year-old LOVES this book! She's become very interested in presidents, and likes that Alice is as spirited as she is. I highly recommend this book!
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Alice Roosevelt was an independent, outspoken woman ahead of her times. Her antics made news all over the world and caused Theodore Roosevelt many sleepless nights and stressful days. He could either control his daughter or he could be President, but it was impossible to do both. In this beautifully illustrated story we learn a bit about Alice and her famous father. I love Alice Roosevelt’s most famous saying “If you can’t say something good about someone sit right here by me.” This would make for a fantastic read aloud for elementary age students.
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