Teedie: The Story of Young Teddy Roosevelt
by Don Brown
picture book biography
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009
Young Teedie Roosevelt was frail and delicate. He suffered from asthma, poor vision and other ailments. He didn't let this get in the way of climbing trees, hunting with his friends or any other physical activity. In fact, Teedie or Teddy as he became known, worked hard to become physically strong and able to stand up to those who wanted to bully him. After graduating from Harvard he tried several careers before finally getting into politics and we all know where he ended up as a result! As president, Teddy Roosevelt was able to accomplish some very important projects for our country. Don Brown's picture book biography gives a quick glimpse into Teddy's life, focusing on his ability to overcome his weaknesses. The illustrations, while not my favorite style, were subtle and a perfect partner for the story without being distracting.