Mind Your Manners, Alice Roosevelt!

6695276Mind 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.

Rating: 3 paws

simon 2 locReviewer: Simon

Author information after book pages!


Leslie Kimmelman

Adam Gustavson

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4 thoughts on “Mind Your Manners, Alice Roosevelt!

  1. pilch92 March 28, 2016 / 9:24 pm

    Great review Simon- Joanie is so proud of you. That looks like a cute book.


  2. Myra GB March 29, 2016 / 7:20 am

    I have a growing collection of PBBs – thanks for sharing this previously-unknown-to-me title. Will definitely try to find it.


    • Sabina Ayne March 29, 2016 / 5:56 pm

      I read this for the Blogging A to Z Challenge – I also read one called Mr. Lincoln’s Sons – another PBB – I liked it okay – it didn’t meet my challenge needs but I won’t be reviewing it – but you may like it!


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