Mind Your Manners, Alice Roosevelt!
Written by Leslie Kimmelman
Illustrated by Adam Gustavson
Peachtree Publishers, 2009
President Theodore Roosevelt had 5 children – this is a cute story of his eldest daughter, Alice. Alice was a fun loving and rambunctious child who drove her father (and others) crazy with her antics. According to this picture book, Alice did thinks like throw temper tantrums on the floor, ride pigs, and rode bicycles in an unladylike fashion. She was also among the first women in the country to drive a car and it appeared that she loved to speed. Of course, there’s her snake, Emily Spinach, that she would take with her everywhere she went, I’m quite sure freaking out all the high-society ladies she met. She eventually married and left the White House so her presidential father didn’t have to tell her to “mind your manners” any more.
This picture book is a fun way to learn about President Roosevelt and the contributions he made to the country because it tells how much Roosevelt could do but the main thing he couldn’t do was make Alice mind. I liked the illustrations – they were full of color and expression and were true to the time period of the very early 1900s. I also like the two page spread of all, or rather, some of the Roosevelt pets. The print size is good for younger readers although they may need assistance with the (many) larger words.
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