Sunday, July 8, 2012

Mind Your Manners, Alice Roosevelt! by Leslie Kimmelman & Illustrated by Adam Gustavson: Book Review & Giveaway--WINNER CHOSEN & NOTIFIED

As  26th president of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt encountered many challenges in leading our nation.  However, his first child, daughter Alice, was quite the handful.  Obviously a precocious child full of high-strung energy, she was repeatedly involved in activities unlike those of her 1910 peers.  She was most UN-lady-like.  As President, Teddy Roosevelt managed to handle the affairs of State, but not the affairs of Alice.

"Mind Your Manners Alice Roosevelt!" is a delightful introductory "biography" for a child into the life of a really interesting person.  Teddy Roosevelt was a soldier, statesman, and president.  He was able to bring peaceful settlement between nations at war with each other and he was an early environmentalist.  But handling Alice was an entirely different matter.  Alice was involved in activities that gentle women simply did not do.  She drove an automobile and believed that women should enjoy equal rights as men.  She liked pets and even had a pet snake.

This short picture-biography about President Teddy Roosevelt and his daughter is based on actual stories about them and is 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.

Recommendation:  Great historical fiction picture book for the home or school library and for ages 7 to 9.
Publisher:  Peachtree Publishers, 2009  ISBN:  978-1561454921

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About the author: Leslie Kimmelman is a children's book editor and the author of a number of books for children, including Mind Your Manners, Alice Roosevelt!; Everybody Bonjours!; How Do I Love You?; and The Runaway Latkes. She and her family live in New York.
About the Illustrator: Adam Gustavson has illustrated sixteen books for children, including Mind Your Manners, Alice Roosevelt! and Snow Day!. He lives in New Jersey.


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