Young Teddy Roosevelt

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With beautifully detailed art and a lively, informative text, Cheryl Harness follows the life of young Teddy Roosevelt from his boyhood of ill health to his famed charge up San Juan Hill. Even in these early years, the fierce and lovable spirit of Teddy Roosevelt shines through.

Briefly traces the life of Theodore Roosevelt, from his privileged childhood through the personal tragedies he endured to his swearing in as the ...

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Overview

With beautifully detailed art and a lively, informative text, Cheryl Harness follows the life of young Teddy Roosevelt from his boyhood of ill health to his famed charge up San Juan Hill. Even in these early years, the fierce and lovable spirit of Teddy Roosevelt shines through.

Briefly traces the life of Theodore Roosevelt, from his privileged childhood through the personal tragedies he endured to his swearing in as the twenty-sixth president of the United States.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
The date was October 27, 1858 and the place was New York on East 20th Street. Residents passing that address on a cold, October night could not have known that history was taking place in the little brownstone building where the Roosevelts lived. When the baby boy was born, his parents named him Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. His sister Anna would nickname him Teddie. All of the Roosevelt family had nicknames. The senior Roosevelt had been nicknamed "Greatheart" for his willingness to help charities like hospitals, museums and shelters for homeless children. In 1861, the three-year-old Teddie lived in a household that was divided by the Civil War. Although his father did not serve in the military, he had strong feelings for the north, and his wife had sympathies for the south. An excellent introduction to biographies for the younger reader, this will also be an instrument for teaching upper elementary grades about the Civil War. The text is beautifully illustrated by the author and will be a delight to children.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4--Following the same format as she used in Young Abe Lincoln (National Geographic, 1996), Harness adds Theodore Roosevelt to her biography series featuring famous American statesmen. While the title and book jacket highlight "young Teddy," the text takes readers from Roosevelt's birth to his inauguration as the 26th president of the United States. The narrative begins smoothly enough with an overview of Roosevelt's family and early home life, but it moves on in bits and spurts, jumping from one major personal crisis or historical event to the next. For example, Roosevelt enters the Spanish-American War, leads his "Rough Riders" through gunfire, is elected governor of New York, and joins McKinley's re-election team as the vice presidential candidate all in two double-page spreads. The framed text is surrounded by spirited full-color illustrations that offer a sense of excitement, but the appealing hand-lettered maps often prove more decorative than functional. Ultimately, the picture-book format packs instant visual success, while the uneven text limits its usefulness as a source of information. An extra item at best.--Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schools
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792270942
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,430,990
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.13 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Cheryl Harness is the author and/or illustrator of numerous children’s books, including seven picture book biographies for National Geographic and the series Cheryl Harness Histories. She has a natural talent for making history fun for kids, injecting the "wow" factor into the lives of America’s historical heroes and heroines. A multi-award winning author and illustrator, she lives in her historic hometown of Independence, MO. Visit Cheryl Harness at her Web site: www.cherylharness.com.

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  • Posted August 12, 2010

    learning history in an interesting way

    During the summer after his first grade year, in addition to my general reading aloud to our younger son Jeremy, I read to him some books related to either science or history, one of which was Young Teddy Roosevelt written and illustrated by Cheryl Harness. I believe that my wife Karen obtained it through the Children's Book of the Month Club. It is a lavishly illustrated book about the life of Theodore Roosevelt as a boy and young man before he became President. While I do not always agree with everything that Roosevelt stood for, I have always admired him greatly for his courage, self-determination, and "bully spirit," including how he overcame childhood illness and the other tragedies that struck him in life. Jeremy, then age seven, really enjoyed looking at the pictures while I read to him from the text. This is a wonderful overview of Roosevelt's early life for young children. I recommend it highly, especially for helping small ones learn more about important figures in American history in an interesting way.

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