Friday, February 7, 2014

PPBF: What To Do About Alice?

I have been mulling over the idea to write a non-fiction picture book on some aspect of Teddy Roosevelt's life. He was such a fascinating man . . . never a dull moment! So, what should come across my proverbial desk, but this delightful book about his very rambunctious and strong-willed daughter, Alice.  I'm sure you will enjoy this one.


Author: Barbara Kerley
Illustrator: Edwin Fotheringham
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Date: 2008

Ages: 7-11
Genre: Historic Fiction
Themes: Teddy Roosevelt, President's family,  biography

A Sibert Honor Book
An ALA Children's Notable Book


First lines: "Theodore Roosevelt had a small problem. It wasn't herding thousands of cattle across the Dakota badlands. HE'D DONE THAT. It wasn't leading the Rough Riders as they charged up Kettle Hill. HE'D DONE THAT, TOO."

Inside Jacket: 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."

Why I like this book: It has so much energy and spunk, just like Alice! And it's a perfect example of how a non-fiction PB should be written: great opening, a solid, engaging storyline, lots of fascinating facts, and an index in back with extra info for parents, teachers and librarian. Oh, and of course, charming illustrations. This one has it all!

Here are some helpful links to activities and further info on the topic:


The author's website HERE

Scholastic Books website with helpful links HERE

A librarian's POV with more links/activities HERE


Hope you enjoyed today's offering for Perfect Picture Book Fridays, when we review picture books which we deem worthy of mention.  This concept was created by Susanna Hill, and is a helpful resource for librarians, teachers and parents.  For a list of all books reviewed so far, along with activities to complement them, click here.

22 comments:

  1. This is the second historical fiction in the list and it is only number three. I can't wait to go through the rest. I love historical fiction!!

    I did not know Roosevelt had a daughter I'm taking this one out of the library as soon as I can. Thanks for introducing this one to us, Jarm. :)

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    1. Yes, and as you can see, Clar, she was quite the character! You will love the book.

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  2. Oh, I'd love this book about Alice! She sounded a like a very strong-willed girl with a lot of spirit! Great selection today and appropriate for President's Day. Liked your links.

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    1. Indeed! And I completely forgot it was President's Day. Thanks for the reminder, Pat!

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  3. This looks excellent! I like reading about those Roosevelt women! They were sure spunky!

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  4. I read this book recently as I am also working on a picture book manuscript that has to do with Teddy R and his brood. It is a terrific book. I loved the energy and the repetition.

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    1. TR is a fascinating study, isn't he? I hope all goes well. There is enough info for 10 more PBs depending on the slant. Enjoy your research, Rosi!

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  5. Oh my, I do like a spunky girl, and historical fiction, too. Great find!

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  6. I have heard about this book - and definitely need to read it. I love stories about strong girls.

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  7. This looks wonderful! I never heard of his daughter, either. I hope this helps you with your nf writing!

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    1. Thanks, Tina. And I'm excited to hear about your progress, too. Not enough hours in the day to do everything, is there??!

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  8. Jarm, I really enjoy this type of pb, and I love characters with spunk. Will def. look for this one.

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    1. Should be easy to find, Laura. Hope you enjoy it!

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  9. Sounds interesting! I would love to read it. :)
    Welcome to A to Z! Stopping by to say hi. Also, to tell you about the A to Z Theme Reveal Blogfest! In case you plan on doing a theme and want to roll it out on the red carpet.
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    1. Thanks! But unfortunately, I am pulling out of the challenge due to a full plate. Hope to enter next year. Have fun!

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