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What To Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the… (edition 2008)

by Barbara Kerley, Edwin Fotheringham (Illustrator)

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Title:What To Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!
Authors:Barbara Kerley
Other authors:Edwin Fotheringham (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic Press (2008), Hardcover, 48 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Presidents, Theodore Roosevelt, Growing up

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What To Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy! by Barbara Kerley



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If being an admired politician and President of the United States wasn't hard enough, Teddy Roosevelt also had to learn how to deal with his free-spirited daughter, Alice, who just wanted to have fun. This book tells the story of Alice, who was born to Teddy's first wife, and her adventures throughout her childhood and adult life.
  apoffenroth13 | Feb 24, 2015 |
This book is about Alice Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt's daughter. The biography informs the reader of Alice's unusual antics as a president's daughter. She was adventurous, independent and very smart. She had a pet monkey and pet snake and educated herself by spending hours in the library of the white house.
I liked his book for three reasons. One reason I liked this book is for the way the biography was presented. It is very similar to a Contemporary Realistic fiction book due to the dialogue and short stories, which captured my interest. For example, in the book it says, "The boys arrived in disguise...until Father discovered the ruse. He grumbled. Alice was 'UNRULY' and 'INCONSIDERATE'." The second reason I liked this book was for the illustrations that enhanced the book. Some of the pictures told stories on their own such as Alice sledding down he stairs of the White House in her proper attire. Lastly I felt this was a good biography because it was appropriate for the young readers but did not leave out important information because the back of the book includes a more formal biography of the characters which also features a personal letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Alice about her visit to Puerto Rico. ( )
  nlinco1 | Feb 23, 2015 |
This is a very informative and fun book. The illustrations are entertaining and it gives a great description of the story of Alice Roosevelt's life. It is a biography of Alice's life.
  jresner | Jan 27, 2015 |
This biography is presented in a fun and exaggerated version of the Life of Alice Roosevelt. I think young readers, particularly young girls, will be delighted in reading a book about an historical figure as she progresses though her formative years. In the story, Alice seems to have many advantages that come with being the president's daughter. She gets to travel the world. She has a larger than life personality whose ambitions and passions were too much for her father to handle. She always wanted to be in the social circuit and move to her own tune. I believe that this book is a great tool to use in teaching children that doing something which they are passionate about while having fun is okay. It also can be used as an encouraging motivator for young readers to be themselves. ( )
  hlmusiclover | Nov 10, 2014 |

A biography about Alice Roosevelt, the daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt. Alice did not have a typical childhood, and this book tells her story of growing up with her father after her mother died with her step-mother and new siblings. The book focuses on Alice's experiences from her pet snake, to leg braces, to home studies, to world travels, and eventual marriage. While most students will learn about President Theodore Roosevelt, this book allows us to learn more about his family and relate to him as a father figure too.

Personal Reaction:

Alice sounds like a very exciting young lady who was quite mischievous. Learning about Alice Roosevelt in this book is like reading about a girl I might know in real life. It is exciting to learn about her adventures keeping in mind she was also the President's daughter.

Classroom Extensions:

1 - Alice had a pet snake named "Emily Spinach" - after learning about Alice's pet, students can draw their own pet and write about their pet's name explaining how their pet got it's name. If they do not have a pet, they can draw and name the pet they would like to have.

2 - Alice liked to travel. Using a map as a reference tool, students can plan Alice's next trip and decide what she will pack in her "two large hatboxes, four trunks, oodles of boxes and bags." A travel station with hatboxes, (cardboard) trunks, and oodles of boxes and bags can be arranged for student inspiration in the classroom. This story could be paired with other books about people (children) who traveled around the world, to add an additional dimension of geography lessons to the curriculum. ( )
  MaryMK | Nov 8, 2014 |
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Theodore Roosevelt had a small problem. Her name was Alice. Alice Lee Roosevelt was hungry to go places, meet people, do things. Father called it running riot. Alice called it eating up the world. Whether she was entertaining important White House visitors with her pet snake or traveling the globe, Alice bucked convention and turned every new experience into an adventure! Brimming with affection and wit, this spirited biography gives readers a peek family life inside the White House. Prose and pictures spring, gambol, and two-step across the pages to celebrate a maverick American heroine.


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A brief biography in pictures and simple text of Alice Roosevelt, the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt and his first wife.

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