- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 460L (What's this?)
- Series: Childhood of Famous Americans
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Aladdin (October 30, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780689713491
- ISBN-13: 978-0689713491
- ASIN: 0689713495
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Teddy Roosevelt: Young Rough Rider (Childhood of Famous Americans) Paperback – October 30, 1989
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He attended Harvard when he was 17, after being solely homeschooled by his sisters and an occasional private tutor. He was one of the most intelligent men of our time, but there was an excerpt that states that he realized what a disservice learning at home was, and realized school was so much better. A ridiculously biased, and untrue statement. When did writing a book with facts become so difficult? He had an amazing life and does not need a bunch of fluff to make it interesting. I will be clearing out any Alladin biographies I have in my library.
Interesting but somewhat disturbing that young Teddy would use the word "bully" when he was excited and happy. Looked up in the internet, supposedly means, informal speech, "fine, excellent, very good" and Teddy Roosevelt did like to use that word when he was pleased. Keep in mind that slangs and informal speech are confusing to kids when adults are not around to do some explaining.
It is the last chapter that we didn't enjoy. While the first 13 chapters tells Teddy's life as stories, the last chapter was written as the story of a boy scout group putting on a skit of Teddy's life. My boys were frustrated with this chapter because the bantering of the boy scouts were mixed with the skit lines. It would have been better if the last chapter was made into a summary of what Teddy Roosevelt had done after his bull moose hunt - that he went to Harvard, was Governor of New York, established national parks, building Panama Canal, was vice president, took over as president, etc - and what his motto was.
I would recommend the first 13 chapters of this book and let your young people do their own research after that. Hence 3 stars.
The last chapter was the best. A Boy Scout group or something like it, was putting on a play several years after President Roosevelt's death, about his life. To do so, each member of the troupe chose an episode in Teddy's life to portray, with props, sound effects, and costumes. Some of these were episodes described in the book, some were beyond that timeline. So that last chapter was a story of a story of a story, showing what values and details a young person might recall about this great man. It was also a creative, really neat way to wrap up the book.
Great book about character. Looking for another one in the series.