Monday, May 11, 2009

NF Monday -- What to do About Alice?

What to Do About Alice? How Alice Roosevelt broke the rules, charmed the world and drove her father Teddy crazy! by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. New York: Scholastic, 2008. Available now.

Obama family -- move over. Children in the White House aren't anything new. Teddy Roosevelt, who became president in 1901, had six children. His oldest child, Alice (the only daughter of his first wife), was a handful. Perhaps because she was the oldest. Perhaps because she was a teenager, kicking over the traces. But most likely because she simply had an unconquerable zest for life.

Alice's super energy jumps from the pages -- conveyed both by the exuberant writing AND by the energetic illustrations.

Other Nonfiction Monday reviews are here.
-wendie Old

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