Since I am working on a historical fiction picture book relating to Teddy Roosevelt's life, I have been reading quite a few PBs on the topic. I will highlight two. . . one this week, and the other, next. Here is the first:
Author: Judith St. George
Illustrator: Matt Faulkner
Publisher: Philomel Books/Penguin Young Readers Group
Genre: Historic Fiction
Themes: overcoming odds, Theodore Roosevelt, childhood of presidents
Inside Flap: "Before Teddy Roosevelt became famous as a statesman, naturalist, colonel in the Spanish/American War, and as the twenty-sixth president of the United States, he was a young boy named Teedie. Teedie had wonderful adventures with his brother and sister and even started a natural science museum in his attic.
But Teedie also struggled with asthma and other illnesses. Overcoming those illnesses was the major battle of his young life . . ."
First Lines: "Teddie sat up in bed. He coughed and wheezed. He couldn't breathe. Papa ran into Teedie's room. Papa always knew what to do. He paced back and forth with Teedie in his arms. At last, Teedie could breathe."
Why I like this book: Not only are the illustrations "handsome" as the jacket flap describes them, but the author has found a problem needing a solution in young Teddy's life, thus making a perfect story line to link his life with other boys his (then) age. Another perfect example of a well-planned historic fiction picture book.
A list of six other picture books on President Theodore Roosevelt HERE.
Fun Facts about TR HERE.
Teddy Roosevelt's life in under five minutes HERE
After doing extensive research on this US President, it was clear that he was a family man, even 'tho many of the books do not mention it. He counted the relationship with his family as the best part of his life . . .time well spent!