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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
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Scholastic Press
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Feb 18, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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
Jan 13, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it
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
Sep 28, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it
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
Aug 13, 2010 Kathleen rated it really liked it
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
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
Lisa the Librarian
Feb 27, 2009 Lisa the Librarian rated it really liked it
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
Jenna Satcher
Dec 05, 2012 Jenna Satcher rated it liked it
Shelves: critiques
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
Nov 09, 2010 N_sally rated it it was amazing
"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
James Govednik
Nov 07, 2009 James Govednik rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 13, 2011 Andrea rated it it was amazing
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
CH13_ Helen Budeyskaya
Mar 05, 2013 CH13_ Helen Budeyskaya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: info-bios
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.

The book
April Helms
Jul 06, 2009 April Helms rated it really liked it
Theadore Roosevelt has one problem -- his daughter Alice. This is pretty much the opening line and the overall theme of this cute book on the president's oldest child. Alice, as illustrated, was ahead of her time to say the least. Even her father, Teddy Roosevelt, gets exasperated with her antics, which includes dancing all night, attracting the press' attention, traveling the world and more. It's a sweet, amusing look, told so a child can understand and appreciate.
Apr 08, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing
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.
Kathryn Eder
Dec 04, 2012 Kathryn Eder rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Mar 19, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it
Read to 3rd grade during Women's History month. Spunky Alice Roosevelt, daughter of Teddy Roosevelt challenges her father and takes on the world with her outgoing nature and personality at a time when women were expected to not make a spectacle of themselves.
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 :)
Aug 24, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
The whole time I was reading this book I couldn't get "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" out of my head. :)
Jessica Hughes
Nov 17, 2016 Jessica Hughes rated it really liked it
This charming picture book tells the story of Alice Roosevelt, who was President Theodore Roosevelt's daughter. She seemed to drive her father crazy and he could never keep her under control, even when she was an adult. In the early 20th century, women were supposed to be well-behaved and kept quiet around men. However, Alice shook things up and did whatever she wanted to do, such as going to Asia and jumping into a pool on a cruise ship with all her clothes on. I think this story is a great mod ...more
Lauren Anglin
Nov 30, 2016 Lauren Anglin rated it it was amazing
1) Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)
This book is about the daughter of Teddy Roosevelt. It tells her story of her crazy personality and being the daughter of Teddy Roosevelt.
2) Grade level, interest level, lexile (1 pt)
4th grade
3) Appropriate classroom use (subject area) (1 pt)
social studies
4) Individual students who might benefit from reading (1 pt)
student interested in t eh daughter of Teddy Roosevelt
5) Small group use (literature circles) (1 pt)
6) Whole class use (read aloud) (1 pt)
Kenzie Thompson
Dec 08, 2016 Kenzie Thompson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rdng-350
This was a story about Teddy Roosevelt's daughter and how she wasn't viewed as a normal woman back then. During that time, women were supposed to be prim and proper and Alice wasn't. She did what she wanted when she wanted and the people loved her. She eventually became very involved in politics like her father and made a name for herself. Although she wasn't the typical woman, she had fun and even increased her dad's ratings while doing it.
This was a cute book about Roosevelt's daughter. I actu
Oct 30, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing
A delightful story about Alice Roosevelt that reminds all of us about our Alice :) Thanks, Miss Beth. Whatever will we do about her?
This story is about Theodore Roosevelt's daughter, Alice. The story talks about how she grew up, rambunctious and adventurous. She taught herself all of what she knew and was very interested in politics. She helped make big decisions for our nation as well. She married the head congressman and was a politician all of her life. This is a great book to read to a 6th grade history class. It is fun with colorful images!!
Leanne Stoltzfus
Feb 05, 2015 Leanne Stoltzfus rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 18, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
What to Do About Alice? (Picture book Biography)

Grades 2-4, 2009 Sibert Honor Book,and a ALA Children's Notable Book
Published by Scholastic Press

This is a great book for the elementary students to interest them in history. The colors are vibrant and Alice is someone they can surely identify with.
Alice takes life by the horns and gives it her all. She is not one for boring boarding school, or anything that might be perceived as lady like manner. She prefers to teach herself about the world in boo
Sara Check
Nov 27, 2011 Sara Check rated it really liked it
1.This is a junior book, biography.

2.Alice Roosevelt, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, was a visionary ahead of her time. Her zest for life, love of turning heads and doing things against the grain is what Alice lived for. Her nicknames went from “Sister” to “Princess Alice” and eventually “The Other Washington Monument” and the entire country fell in love with her.

3.A. Barbara Kerley’s biography of the first-daughter Alice Roosevelt is as fun, light and eccentric as Alice herself. It truly depic
Dec 16, 2009 Katie rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 17, 2016 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Alice Roosevelt was the fun-loving, wild, unpredictable, fiery eldest daughter of former president Teddy Roosevelt. According to Alice, she was "eating up the world." This zest for life continued as she grew up, and as her famous father assumes the presidential office. This picture book chronicles the life of one of America's first socialites as she transitions from a rebellious little girl protesting going to school to an international diplomat and one of President Roosevelt's most trusted poli ...more
Sarah Schwartz
Oct 18, 2011 Sarah Schwartz rated it it was amazing
Genre: Biography
Awards: 2009 Robert Sibert Honor Book
Age Group: Primary - Intermediate

Summary: The illustrated children's book tells the story of Alice Roosevelt, daughter of President Teddy Roosevelt. Alice lost her mother shortly after she was born and her father remarried and expanded his family. Alice always had a certain zest for life that was quite uncommon for young ladies at the time. She feared nothing and tried everything, including joining an all-male club. In an attempt to polish her
Marisol Herrera
Nov 24, 2016 Marisol Herrera rated it it was amazing
Plot Summary:

This informational storybook provides a short biography of the life of Alice Roosevelt, daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt. Since a child, Alice ate up the world and looked for life’s adventures. Once her father became President of the United States, her energy never waned and the public embraced her outspoken and free spirit. Despite being married and her father’s attempt to settle her down, Alice continued to eat up the world and became her father’s most trusted adviser.

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Barbara Kerley was born in Washington, D.C. and has lived in many places, including Nepal and the tropical island of Guam. She has written about almost everything: 19th C iguanodons, Teddy Roosevelt, world peace, Mark Twain's donkey, and the pleasure of following your curiosity.
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