The 26th president of the United States was a strong and clever man who could handle almost everything—except his eldest child, Alice.
Alice Roosevelt was an independent, outspoken young woman during a time when women were supposed to be conventional and reserved. Whether it was riding a pig, keeping a pet snake, or driving a car—and speeding!—Alice did what she wanted. When her father told her she had to obey his rules while she lived under his roof, Alice decided to spend her time on top of the roof!
Leslie Kimmelman brings readers a factual and affectionate look at the free spirit who caught the attention of a nation. Kimmelman juxtaposes Alice Roosevelt’s antics with the achievements of her father, all the while demonstrating the tender bond between them. Adam Gustavson’s illustrations perfectly capture the story’s humor and the strong personalities of its characters while keeping within its proper historical context.
“A lively, fictionalized portrait of a very independent girl.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Realistic oil-on-paper illustrations convey the period while capturing the humor and vivaciousness of the Roosevelts.” ―School Library Journal
“Energetic oil paintings do justice to Alice’s shocking escapades…ideal for reading aloud.” ―Booklist
“What a fun picture-book biography!” ―Winston-Salem Journal
“Beautifully and energetically illustrated by Adam Gustavson. Author Leslie Kimmelman has presented this introductory bio in an engaging manner that will make the young reader thirst for more to read about both Teddy and Alice Roosevelt” ―Chat with Vera
“Based on true stories about Alice Roosevelt, this is a story that is entertaining and interesting. Young readers will learn a lot about Teddy Roosevelt, his household (including the many pets), and his rambunctious eldest daughter who liked to cause a stir wherever she went. Adam Gustavson’s expressive illustrations perfectly capture Alice’s lively nature, and the many ways in which she exasperated her father.” ―Through the Looking Glass Reviews
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People ― National Council for Social Studies/Children’s Book Council, 2010
Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2010
CELI Book Award for Children’s Literature (Finalist) ―Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction, 2009
Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List (Primary) ―New York State Reading Association, 2012
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2010
Land of Enchantment Book Awards (Picture Narrative Master List) ―New Mexico Library Association, New Mexico Council of IRA, 2012-2013
AR Level: 4.1
Themes: Life in the White House, Theodore Roosevelt
BISAC 1: JNF007020 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Historical
BISAC 2: JNF025210 JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 20th Century
BISAC 3: JNF028000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Humor / General