Go ask Alice!

January 8, 2010 at 11:56 pm

What to Do About Alice? by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham; published by Scholastic, New York; 2008.

This charming tale of a child not unlike many that will sit in the library for story times is a terrific introduction to biographies.  It is light-hearted, with stylized images that add to the story of Alice Roosevelt’s humorous exploits.  The pairing of the text with the images is brilliant—and sometimes the text changes (sometimes bold, sometimes very bold) to draw attention to Alice’s antics.

Again, I think this is a terrific introduction to biographies because it isn’t dry and it is about a child who got into trouble but who grew to be a remarkable adult.  In addition, the author’s notes on the back end pages add detail about Alice and her father, Teddy Roosevelt.  With Teddy’s recent popularity, thanks in part to the Night at the Museum movies, I think doing a display or program about this president and his naughty daughter would be a great idea.


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