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Colonel Theodore Roosevelt

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Colonel Theodore Roosevelt

This is the story of Theodore Roosevelt, from his birth on October 27, 1858 until his death on January 6, 1919. Roosevelt was a colorful character in our nation’s history. Not only was he a Vice President --- and then later the President --- but he was also known for his military career, his love of hunting and his writing. 
 
The author, David A. Adler, paints a colorful portrait of Roosevelt. Adler has over 200 children’s books to his credit. His writing shows he has meticulously researched his subject, and he includes plenty of fascinating facts. For instance, Roosevelt suffered from asthma as a child and his family often took long trips to various locales in the hopes of finding someplace where he would be able to breathe easier. He got his first firearm at the age of 13, thus starting his lifelong interest in hunting, and he wrote his first book in 1882 --- THE NAVAL WAR OF 1812. He also formed a group of cavalry later nicknamed “The Rough Riders” and became the President less than a year after becoming Vice President, because McKinley was assassinated.
 
David A. Adler paints a colorful portrait of Roosevelt.
 
Adler includes many photos, as well as personal excerpts from letters, to enhance the story of this intriguing man. There is also a list of Important Dates in Roosevelt’s life included in the end of the book, as well as an extensive list of Source Notes.
 
Prior to reading this book, I knew Theodore Roosevelt played a large part in our political history (as a former President), but I didn’t know he had so many other interests or that he was a former recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Whether you’re a history buff or not, I think you would like reading this book. I’m sure you will learn something new if you do.

Reviewed by Christine Irvin on March 7, 2014

Colonel Theodore Roosevelt
by David A. Adler

  • Publication Date: March 14, 2014
  • Genres: Biography, History
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House
  • ISBN-10: 0823429504
  • ISBN-13: 9780823429509