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TEEDIE: THE STORY OF YOUNG TEDDY ROOSEVELT

Author: Don Brown

Illustrator: Don Brown

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ©2009

Material: hard cover

Summary: Teddy Roosevelt was timid, nervous, and battled asthma. His strong mind and great people skills helped him succeed in life. This is an excellent resource describing Teddy’s life as a youngster and how he became president. This is a children's biography about Teddy Roosevelt's life.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 10

Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this book because the cover said it was about a president when he was a child. She felt bad when the book describes how sickly he was. She also commented on his working hard in school and learning a lot. She liked how Teddy overcame his weaknesses to become president.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked this book and learned something, too. There were things I didn’t know about President Roosevelt, so I enjoyed reading and learning about his childhood. I thought my daughter would think it was boring but was happy that she enjoyed it and wants to get other books about other presidents when they were children.

Pros: This informational and entertaining story about one of our presidents as a child has something to offer both parents and children.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is an interesting book that will entertain and educate the whole family. It is a must-have for libraries, especially school libraries.

If You Liked This Book, Try: FREDERICK DOUGLASS: YOUNG DEFENDER OF HUMAN RIGHTS (Young Patriot Series)   DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE PRESIDENTS   DARE TO DREAM! 25 Extraordinary Lives

Educational Themes: This biography offers insight into the life of President Theodore Roosevelt, and in doing so helps kids learn about history, including medical practices and what kids did for entertainment. There are life lessons about perseverance, commitment, and public service, too.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. S/He borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, history, biography

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2009

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