Being Teddy Roosevelt
Publication Date: February 20, 2007
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Riley O'Rourke is writing his report on President Teddy Roosevelt in preparation for the fourth-grade biography tea, but he has a far more important goal: to get a saxophone so he can take instrumental music. His mother can't afford to rent him a sax, and he's sure he'll never save up enough money to buy one. But as Riley learns more about Roosevelt's "bully" spirit, he realizes that there just might be a way to solve his problem after all. Claudia Mills' sparkling story about the influence of important historical figures is enhanced by tender, insightful illustrations. Being Teddy Roosevelt is a 2008 Bank Street—Best Children's Book of the Year.
CLAUDIA MILLS lives in Boulder, Colorado, and is the author of the popular
7 x 9 = Trouble!, an ALA Notable Book. R. W. ALLEY is the illustrator of Ziggy's Blue-Ribbon Day by Claudia Mills. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island.
"Mills writes with such a light, humorous touch that many scenes beg to be read aloud. Much information is subtly woven in to the narrative, and the gathering of world leaders at the tea is a sight to behold." --Kirkus Reviews "Enriched by its portrait of grade-school friendships and goofy classroom happenings." --Booklist "Bully for Riley and bully for Mills for writing a timely, comfortable school story filled with likable fourth graders." --The Horn Book "Children will appreciate this gentle lesson about achieving a goal." -School Library Journal "Mills introduces an ingenious, likable lad. Alley's animated art enhances the tale's humor and helps capture the characters' diverse personalities." --Publishers Weekly "A clever lead-in to a biographies unit, and the classroom, social, and family dynamics will be warmly and wryly familiar to middle-grade readers." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Mills offers her usual sparking humor and insight in this appealing story."--Buffalo News