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What To Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!

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A witty and stylish biography of a maverick American heroine -- the outspoken, irresistible daughter of Teddy Roosevelt.

Theodore Roosevelt had a small problem. Her name was Alice. Alice Lee Roosevelt was hungry to go places, meet people, do things! Father called it running riot. Alice called it eating up the world. Whether she was entertaining important White House visitor
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Scholastic Press
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Kathryn
The charming, humorous illustrations really won me over and are my favorite part of this story about Teddy Roosevelt's oldest daughter, who "ate up the world" one (generally improper) adventure at a time yet became the darling of the world and dubbed "Princess Alice." I think it's a really interesting book to share with children in terms of the discussion that could follow--should Alice be seen as a brave young lady who defied the stifling conventions of society or as a disobedient daughter who ...more
Robert
What young ladies were not meant to do, Alice did or wanted to do. In the early 1900's, proper young ladies did not "galavant" to all hours of the night, drive a car willy nilly about town, dress like a tom boy and bet on horse races. Alice Roosevelt felt to compunction to behave as a proper young lady, despite her famous fathers urging to do so. Alice was indeed a free spirited and adventurous young lady, much beloved by her father and a loving daughter and confidante to him. Her antics were, f ...more
Wendy
Jan 13, 2009 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All BT folk, Iris, Beth
Totally delightful. This story is funny without being cheesy. The text is sort of okay-to-good, and it pleased me by retaining most of its momentum even after Alice grows up (not many children's biographies can do that, which is probably why they published that whole series of Childhood of Famous Americans). But the pictures are terrific--they have a slight Jazz Age feel, and an amazing sense of movement (especially the picture of Alice in the library, and the dockworkers loading the boat full o ...more
Kathleen
This book made me smile. I love the illustrations! This is one of my favorite parts:

"Instead of going to school, Alice was taught at home, with lots of time for exploring. In New York City, she watched the students of Miss Spence's boarding school walk oh-so-primly down the sidewalk. That didn't look like much fun to Alice...She came up with her own solution for her education. She said to Father, 'Let me loose in your library.' She taught herself astronomy, geology, even Greek grammar. She read
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Luann
This is one of the shorter Sibert honor books, but still manages to pack a lot of information in about Alice, daughter of Teddy Roosevelt. The author's note at the end adds a LOT to the information presented in the book. Alice was a feisty, energetic girl who loved to "eat up the world" and who caused her father all sorts of headaches. She was also well-loved by much of the public, helped her father's popularity, and became one of his most-trusted political advisers. She sounds like quite the gi ...more
James Govednik
For ages 8 and up, this book is a pure delight. Readers familiar with Eleanor Roosevelt's life and charms will discover quite a contrasting personality in her cousin, Alice Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt's only daughter by his first wife, Alice Lee. The sub-title says it all: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove her Father Teddy Crazy!

The story revolves around contrasts. Teddy Roosevelt--big-game hunter, former cowboy/ranch hand, battle tested leader of the Rough Riders
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N_sally
"What To Do About Alice?" is a delightful book about a girl who defined herself and lived life to the fullest. The book tells about the life of Alice Roosevelt, the daughter of former president Theodore Roosevelt. As the subtitle says, Alice broke the rules, charmed the world, and drove her father, Teddy, crazy. Her mother died when she was only two days old and it made everyone sad, but Alice wasn't growing up sad and she didn't want to be called "The Poor Little Thing." The book tells about he ...more
Andrea
I found this book very interesting! It was framed around the idea of Teddy Roosevelt not knowing how to handle his oldest daughter's choices in her life. We learned about both Theodore and Alice Roosevelt in this engaging and fun book!

This partial biography was presented in the form of a picture book. It is interesting that Kerley decided to depict Alice Roosevelt instead of her father and president, Teddy. The author's choice in subject allows the young reader to relate to the character. Alice
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Jenna Satcher
1. This book belongs to the Biography/Autobiography genre

2.Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter is certainly a handful. She likes to “Eat up the world” in her own words, but her fathers and other make call it causing chaos. She likes to go places and do things, and she would rather be anywhere but confined to a school. Instead she manages to entertain her father’s political guests and educate herself in his library. Alice’s life is one adventure after another, which is shared with the reader in this sp
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Anne
I loved this book! Alice is great role model for high-spirited young ladies everywhere. I checked this out because the authors of Hissing Cousins:The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth cited it as their inspiration for writing their own book.
CH13_ Helen Budeyskaya
This was a great biography of Alice Roosevelt. The story is based on the true event Theodore Roosevelt's daughter. His wife had died and he had a daughter named Alice who was very wild. The story talks about some of the tricks and stunts Alice pulled during her childhood. She was a handful for her father, yet the reader could see that he still adored her. Alice pushed the limits of her time and acted wildly. Even though she acted in such a manner, the public still loved and adored her.

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Lisa the Librarian
Feb 27, 2009 Lisa the Librarian rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: History Buffs, "fun" girls
This is a brief child-friendly bio of one of the most impetuous first daughters ever to grace the White House. Alice Roosevelt, daughter of Teddy, was a fun loving vivacious girl. She seemed to be full of impulsive ideas, but in a sweet an innocent way.

I loved the shades of muted primary colors in the pictures and the warmth and inviting tone it set while telling the story of Alice and her ups and downs as the president’s daughter and sometimes representative of the United States.

It left me want
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Chrissy Emmons
I love this book. The illustrations are descriptive, bright, and truly display the crazy and fun loving person Alice was. I love that the story is about the daughter of a president. I think students forget that presidents and people in history are normal people with families too. I am so glad I came across this story because I think it can lead to good discussion among students and brings social studies to the read aloud. I like the spacing of the text and although some pages have littler text, ...more
Leanne Stoltzfus
What to do About Alice? By Barbra Kerley is a biography about Alice Lee Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter. This book tells the story of her life in a light hearted, inspiring manner. It tells the story of her mother’s death as a newborn and leg braces as awful hardships in her life, it tells that she took them with grace and the ability to not let it hold her back or for anyone to ever say “poor little thing.” Even through her life’s obstacles, her invigorating personality and c ...more
Meghan Klyczek
What To Do About Alice? Is a picture book biography for older readers written in prose. It chronicles the life of Alice Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter, and she grows up (from childhood to adulthood). Alice is a forerunner for women of her time. She often does things that are socially unconventional and different from other young ladies. Even though she is sometimes too curious and adventurous, she makes her father proud. This book is great for grades 4-5. It’s an older children’s pictu ...more
Hannah
This book by Barbara Kerley is fun AND educational! This biography of Alice Roosevelt tells of her life, more specifically her adventures as a young adult. Alice Roosevelt lost her mother when she was only 2 days old. This made people say, "oh, that poor little thing," which Alice disliked greatly. As she grew older, Alice had to wear braces on her legs since they weren't growing properly. Once she got her braces off she was back to her "normal" self, which was quite controversial. Due to her fa ...more
Monica Jung
Kerley, Barbara. What To Do About Alice? Illus. Fotheringham, Edwin. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008.

Children's Biography

Target Audience: Grade 1 to Grade 4

This book was incredibly entertaining to me as an adult. I loved the story and learning about Alice Roosevelt, eldest daughter of US President Teddy Roosevelt. This bio explains her life story in a children's book so it packs in a lot of information in a short book as it takes you from her birth to her adulthood. In fact, it made me want to
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Lisa Vegan
The illustrations really make this book. They’re full of the same zest that Alice exhibited. They’re perfect for this book. This is a fun history book for kids. They’ll be able to relate since the biography picture book covers Alice from birth to old age, and does not skimp on her childhood. While the pictures are what I loved, the story did make Alice and her times really come alive.
Kathryn Eder
A man that made such a difference in our history but the story is not about him but about his daughter named Alice and how she did not make his life easy. She was full of questions and she wanted to go places and meet lots of people. It is illustrated so well that helps with the text. Great story about a very curious and witty young lady.
CKE387
This a children's version of the biography of Alice Roosevelt, daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt. "Alice... broke the rules, charmed the world and drove her father Teddy crazy!" She taught herself art, literature and politics using her father's library instead of going to a conventional school - talk about a self-taught woman with her own mind! She was a high-spirited young lady and considered to be a maverick American heroine. Her father even warned her against talking to the press since ...more
Elizabeth Smith
Kerley, Barbara. What to Do About Alice? Illus. Edwin Fotheringham. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008. Nonfiction Print. What to Do About Alice? tells us the life story about President Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter Alice. It starts when she is a little girl and goes up to the point after she is married. This book did a magnificent job at engaging the reader with its illustrations, fun facts, and Kerley’s lively narrating. Even though the majority of it was perfect some parts every now and then wo ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
This is truly fantastic! The text flows, bounces, jumps, runs, creates havoc -- just like Alice -- and just like the illustration. Wow. Such fun reading and looking at it -- and learning about a pretty remarkable woman in history! My 4th grade students LOVE this book :)
Olivia Lagore
This picture book biography of Alice Roosevelt is a lively and entertaining book, sure to appeal to many children. It tells about how Alice grew up as the daughter of the president, with the central theme of her desire to "eat up the world".
Although the book is rosy in its portrayal of life in the early 1900s, showing only the life of the upper class, it does reflect a different time well, bringing in pieces of the changing culture (like automobiles!).This book provides a good springboard to a
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Marissa Kuhn
This is fun, whimsical book about Teddy Roosevelt's daughter Alice. She loved to have adventures and certainly didn't care about was considered proper. If she wanted to wear trousers and play with the boys, she did. She bet on the horse races, taught herself Latin, explored the world, and became became beloved by everyone in the process.
The way the text moves with Alice makes it visually appealing and fun to read. The illustrations add to the carefree feeling of the text showing adorable Alice
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Beth
The whole time I was reading this book I couldn't get "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" out of my head. :)
SallySnowtiger
What To Do About Alice?
2009 Sibert Honor
Grades 2-4
The large formatted colorful and animated illustrations done by Edwin Fotheringham capture Alice’s adventurous free spirit. Alice Lee Roosevelt was the only child that President Theodore Roosevelt had with his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee. Alice is clearly described as a bit of a wild child who did not follow the rules and social conventions expected of young ladies of her time. The text on each page is moderately lengthy, and the vocabulary wo
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Katie
What to Do About Alice
5 out of 5 stars
Kerley used marvelously descriptive text to tell the splendid story of Alice, Theodore
Roosevelt’s out-of-control daughter. The text was small and it was not outlined in a border;
instead, it was generally embedded into the illustrations. The text only added a bit of clarity to
the illustrations. The reader could have looked at the illustrations, skipped the text, and still
understood the gist of the story. The illustrations were done with painting, and t
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Becky
I wanted to read this book to prove to myself that biographies don't have to be in the standard novel, chapter form. I think this book is great and I really enjoyed it. I like how the book did not sugarcoat that Alice grew up spoiled and hard to manage and followed her story into later life. I did do research on Alice Roosevelt after reading to see how accurate the book is and was pleasantly surprised. However, had this book bee written for adult audiences, as many books about her have, it would ...more
Susan
Alice captivates her father's heart and others' too by "eating up the world". From the time Alice Roosevelt is a little girl to later in her life when she became one of Teddy Roosevelt's trusted advisers and "ardent champions" she meets life with vigor, tenacity and wit. Kerley descibes through vivid language with eye catching text, how Alice was determined to not allow life's road blocks to get in her way of success. Alice, a powerful individual and a girl determined to be a woman before her ti ...more
Toby
Sibert Award honor
The funny, lively illustrations mirror the energy of Alice Lee Roosevelt, who wanted to 'eat up the world.' In the best tradition of picture books, these illustrations extend the text. For example, when the Teddy Roosevelt family moved into the White House, the text reads "Alice tried to be helpful. She watched her younger brothers and sister so her stepmother could get some rest" BUT the picture shows 17-year-old Alice sliding down the stairs on a tray, with her younger sibli
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Barbara Kerley was born in Washington, D.C. and has lived in many places, including Seattle (in grad school), Nepal (in the Peace Corps) and the tropical island of Guam (in her bathing suit.) She has written about almost everything: 19th C iguanodons, Teddy Roosevelt, world peace, Mark Twain's donkey, and the simple pleasure of a nice cool drink of water. Visit her website to meet her dog.
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