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Teddy Roosevelt: The People’s President

Teddy Roosevelt: The People’s President

Sharon Gayle
Illustrator:  Debra Bandelin , Bob Dacey 
Nonfiction  Series
For ages 6 to 8
Simon and Schuster, 2004   ISBN: 978-0689858253

When we think of Theodore Roosevelt, many of us picture a smiling man wearing round glasses, a man who led his soldiers up a hill in hot steamy Cuba and who triumphed against the enemy. But before he was this strong, brave, and confident man, Theodore Roosevelt was a sickly, quiet, and bookish boy. Plagued by frequent attacks of asthma, Theodore was not able to play outdoors much and could not hold his own when he has to face the taunts of bullies.

With the support of his parents, Theodore set about reinventing himself, exercising hard to make his body strong and healthy. By sheer will power and determination Theodore succeeded and he was able to have an active life until he was quite an old man.

This battle was just the first of many that Theodore would fight. He went on to do well in college, to be a police commissioner, to be a colonel of the "Rough Riders," to be a governor, and to be the President of the United States.

This book will serve as an excellent introduction to the life and achievements of one of America's most charismatic presidents. The author combines history with accounts of some of Theodore's most famous exploits