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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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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.
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.

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Chrissy Emmons
Apr 22, 2015 Chrissy Emmons rated it it was amazing
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
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
Meghan Klyczek
Nov 04, 2014 Meghan Klyczek rated it really liked it
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
Feb 05, 2014 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: womack-3-5
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
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.
Monica Jung
Apr 24, 2015 Monica Jung rated it really liked it
Shelves: etec545class6
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
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
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
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.
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
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 :)
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.
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
Marissa Kuhn
Mar 02, 2014 Marissa Kuhn rated it really liked it
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
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. :)
This book is about Teddy Roosevelt's oldest daughter Alice who loved to break the rules. She loved doing things that were not considered appropriate for girls to do at the time, and she often got into trouble. She would do silly things like scare the White House guests with her pet snake. She loved traveling and meeting new people. I think this book would be useful in a classroom because you could discuss the roles of women and the difference between what was appropriate then versus what is appr ...more
Caitlin Harris
Feb 23, 2016 Caitlin Harris rated it really liked it
I read What to Do About Alice? by Barbara Kerley. This book is about Teddy Roosevelt's daughter Alice and her life. It discusses her passion for life and her habit for always causing trouble for her father. The author did a great job making this book easy to understand and also used a lot of vocabulary that would be new for younger readers. The illustrations were incredibly cute and they accompanied the story very well. I would definitely want this book in my classroom! It is a less well known s ...more
Eva Best
Feb 02, 2016 Eva Best rated it it was amazing
What To Do About Alice? is a brilliant and charming book about Teddy Roosevelt's daughter, Alice. The biography tells about her wild ways and big adventures in the White House and throughout her life. This would be a great book to have in the classroom to give more insight on the White House life and more history about it. It is also just a fun book for kids to have a good laugh at while also learning about people in history! The illustrations and writing were perfect. It was so informative whil ...more
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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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