Theodore Roosevelt for Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities


Named a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children for 2010

Theodore Roosevelt’s heart was as big as the great outdoors he loved. A sickly, undersized boy, he grew into a physically fit, energetic man whose courage knew no bounds. Roosevelt hailed from the top of American society, but wealth could not shield him from human tragedy. As leader of a young, vigorous nation, he steered a middle course between the power brokers of big business and the needs of ordinary working people. A ...

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Named a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children for 2010

Theodore Roosevelt’s heart was as big as the great outdoors he loved. A sickly, undersized boy, he grew into a physically fit, energetic man whose courage knew no bounds. Roosevelt hailed from the top of American society, but wealth could not shield him from human tragedy. As leader of a young, vigorous nation, he steered a middle course between the power brokers of big business and the needs of ordinary working people. A keen student of nature, Roosevelt would protect millions of acres for posterity. He was a writer, ranchman, politician, soldier, explorer, family man, and America’s 26th president, the youngest person to ever hold the office.

            Theodore Roosevelt for Kids brings to life this fascinating man, an American giant whose flaws were there for all the world to see. Twenty-one hands-on activities offer a useful glimpse at Roosevelt’s work and times. Readers will create a Native American toy, explore the effects of erosion, go on a modern big game hunt with a camera, and make felted teddy bears. The text includes a time line, online resources, and reading list for further study. And through it all, readers will appreciate how one man lived a “Bully!” life and made the word his very own.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Bully! Colonel Roosevelt rides again in this smart and accurate retelling of our twenty-sixth president's storied career. And the young reader doesn't get away with passivity. [The book] gives them assignments worthy of a Scout."  —Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University and author, The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
This biography is a comprehensive study of Roosevelt's life that describes both his family and professional experiences throughout his years. A time line highlights significant events from his birth in 1858 to his death in 1919. Many family photos, illustrations, and posters are provided throughout the book. Related hands-on projects give suggestions for such things as making a political campaign button and a "pigskin" notebook." Maps, newspaper headlines, and political cartoons add interesting information. Quotations from his writings and from other sources add a closer view. The text is one of a series that features biographies of presidents with suggestions for related activities and projects. The nine chapters follow his life as a rancher, writer, president, and adventurer. Resources list other books to read and places to visit. An index is included. This large text has a multitude of details and is written in a style that is easy for readers to comprehend. Readers who are looking for a lengthy and thorough study of Roosevelt will appreciate this biography. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—What stands out in this volume is the writing, which presents history as an engaging and informative story. Hollihan opens the narrative with a focus on asthmatic "Teedie." His efforts to strengthen his body are accompanied by a list of bodybuilding activities. Following the chronology of Roosevelt's life, a positive picture emerges of the man and his family, his rise to fame, and his impact on history. Activities include making a journal, building a diorama, "hunting" with a camera, and even making a dessert based on Roosevelt's insult that McKinley had "no more backbone than a chocolate éclair." The projects are interesting and accessible, with cautions to keep an adult nearby when necessary. Numerous black-and-white photos, insets, political cartoons, and illustrations break the text into manageable and interesting bits. A note to Roosevelt's football-player son admonishing him to not sacrifice his studies for the game sounds like any parent. But the president was able to take his concerns further when he invited representatives from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton to the White House to create a new set of rules resulting in the game as we know it today. Both useful and entertaining, this is a worthy addition to most collections.—Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556529559
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Series: For Kids Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 638,580
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kerrie Logan Hollihan is the author of Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids and has written for Bird Watcher’s Digest and Boy’s Life  magazine.

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

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    Excellent Biography That's Not Just for Kids

    Theodore Roosevelt for Kids is a well-researched biography of the 26th president of the United States. The book begins with a time line of the president's life. The subsequent chapters tell the story of his life from his asthma-inflicted boyhood to his death at the age of sixty-one.

    Author, Kerrie Logan Hollihan, did an excellent job not only in researching the life of Theodore Roosevelt, but also in making the book an interesting read. It is definitely not a boring history book. There are plenty of photographs of the president, as well as pictures from that period in history. A fun feature for kids, is the 21 activities that are included. These are easy-to-do, and definitely related to the life and times of Theodore Roosevelt. Some of my personal favorites are making a "pigskin notebook," making a delicious dessert called "Old Insult," and making a campaigne button.

    Theodore Roosevelt for Kids is an excellent resource for kids and teachers who are doing research on the president. It is also an excellent book for anyone wishing to learn more about Theodore Roosevelt. I highly recommend this book for readers age nine through adult.

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  • Posted June 15, 2010

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    Great Presidential Biography!

    This book is for young readers, but it's a fascinating read for adults as well. Kerrie Logan Hollihan brings Theodore Roosevelt and his times to life with her well-researched and well-written book. While full of information, THEODORE ROOSEVELT FOR KIDS is accessible and fun to read. Interesting details, well-placed quotes by and about Roosevelt, excellent photos and illustrations, and intriguing sidebars enrich this wonderful presidential biography. The activities are genuinely useful and educational but still appealing to kids.

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