What To Do About Alice? by Barbara Kerley

What To Do About Alice?

A witty and stylish biography of a maverick American heroine -- the outspoken, irresistible daughter of Teddy Roosevelt.Theodore Roosevelt had a small problem. Her name was Alice. Alice Lee Roosevelt was hungry to go places, meet people, do things! Father called it running riot. Alice called it eating up the world. Whether she was entertaining important White House visitors with her pet snake or traveling the globe, Alice bucked convention and tu...

Details What To Do About Alice?

TitleWhat To Do About Alice?
Release DateMar 1st, 2008
PublisherScholastic Press
GenreBiography, Childrens, Picture Books, Nonfiction, History

Reviews What To Do About Alice?

  • Kathryn
    The charming, humorous illustrations really won me over and are my favorite part of this story about Teddy Roosevelt's oldest daughter, who "ate up the world" one (generally improper) adventure at a time yet became the darling of the world and dubbed "Princess Alice." I think it's a really interesting book to share with children in terms of the discussion that could follow--should Alice be seen as a brave young lady who defied the stifling conven...
  • Wendy
    Totally delightful. This story is funny without being cheesy. The text is sort of okay-to-good, and it pleased me by retaining most of its momentum even after Alice grows up (not many children's biographies can do that, which is probably why they published that whole series of Childhood of Famous Americans). But the pictures are terrific--they have a slight Jazz Age feel, and an amazing sense of movement (especially the picture of Alice in the li...
  • Robert
    What young ladies were not meant to do, Alice did or wanted to do. In the early 1900's, proper young ladies did not "galavant" to all hours of the night, drive a car willy nilly about town, dress like a tom boy and bet on horse races. Alice Roosevelt felt to compunction to behave as a proper young lady, despite her famous fathers urging to do so. Alice was indeed a free spirited and adventurous young lady, much beloved by her father and a loving ...
  • Luann
    This is one of the shorter Sibert honor books, but still manages to pack a lot of information in about Alice, daughter of Teddy Roosevelt. The author's note at the end adds a LOT to the information presented in the book. Alice was a feisty, energetic girl who loved to "eat up the world" and who caused her father all sorts of headaches. She was also well-loved by much of the public, helped her father's popularity, and became one of his most-truste...
  • Kathleen
    This book made me smile. I love the illustrations! This is one of my favorite parts:"Instead of going to school, Alice was taught at home, with lots of time for exploring. In New York City, she watched the students of Miss Spence's boarding school walk oh-so-primly down the sidewalk. That didn't look like much fun to Alice...She came up with her own solution for her education. She said to Father, 'Let me loose in your library.' She taught herself...
  • Maria
    Her name was Alice. Alice Lee Roosevelt was hungry to go places, meet people, do things! Father called it running riot. Alice called it eating up the world. Whether she was entertaining important White House visitors with her pet snake or traveling the globe, Alice bucked convention and turned every new experience into an adventure! I really like Alice! she is funny and adventurous!!
  • Kitty Jay
    Barbara Kerley, accompanied by Edwin Fotheringham's delightful illustrations, writes about one of the most remarkable women of the 20th century: Alice Roosevelt. Kerley writes about Alice's exploits, her relationship to her father, and her many accomplishments in the early part of the century starting from when she was a little girl and continuing until her marriage to Nicholas Longworth.Both Kerley's text and Fotheringham's illustrations reflect...
  • Jenna Satcher
    1. This book belongs to the Biography/Autobiography genre2.Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter is certainly a handful. She likes to “Eat up the world” in her own words, but her fathers and other make call it causing chaos. She likes to go places and do things, and she would rather be anywhere but confined to a school. Instead she manages to entertain her father’s political guests and educate herself in his library. Alice’s life is one adventu...
  • N_sally
    "What To Do About Alice?" is a delightful book about a girl who defined herself and lived life to the fullest. The book tells about the life of Alice Roosevelt, the daughter of former president Theodore Roosevelt. As the subtitle says, Alice broke the rules, charmed the world, and drove her father, Teddy, crazy. Her mother died when she was only two days old and it made everyone sad, but Alice wasn't growing up sad and she didn't want to be calle...
  • James Govednik
    For ages 8 and up, this book is a pure delight. Readers familiar with Eleanor Roosevelt's life and charms will discover quite a contrasting personality in her cousin, Alice Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt's only daughter by his first wife, Alice Lee. The sub-title says it all: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove her Father Teddy Crazy! The story revolves around contrasts. Teddy Roosevelt--big-game hunter, former cowboy/ra...
  • Andrea
    I found this book very interesting! It was framed around the idea of Teddy Roosevelt not knowing how to handle his oldest daughter's choices in her life. We learned about both Theodore and Alice Roosevelt in this engaging and fun book!This partial biography was presented in the form of a picture book. It is interesting that Kerley decided to depict Alice Roosevelt instead of her father and president, Teddy. The author's choice in subject allows t...
  • CH13_ Helen Budeyskaya
    This was a great biography of Alice Roosevelt. The story is based on the true event Theodore Roosevelt's daughter. His wife had died and he had a daughter named Alice who was very wild. The story talks about some of the tricks and stunts Alice pulled during her childhood. She was a handful for her father, yet the reader could see that he still adored her. Alice pushed the limits of her time and acted wildly. Even though she acted in such a manner...
  • Lauren Anglin
    1) Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)This book is about the daughter of Teddy Roosevelt. It tells her story of her crazy personality and being the daughter of Teddy Roosevelt.2) Grade level, interest level, lexile (1 pt)4th grade3) Appropriate classroom use (subject area) (1 pt)social studies4) Individual students who might benefit from reading (1 pt)student interested in t eh daughter of Teddy Roosevelt5) Small group use (literature circles...
  • Lisa the Librarian
    This is a brief child-friendly bio of one of the most impetuous first daughters ever to grace the White House. Alice Roosevelt, daughter of Teddy, was a fun loving vivacious girl. She seemed to be full of impulsive ideas, but in a sweet an innocent way.I loved the shades of muted primary colors in the pictures and the warmth and inviting tone it set while telling the story of Alice and her ups and downs as the president’s daughter and sometimes...
  • April Helms
    Theadore Roosevelt has one problem -- his daughter Alice. This is pretty much the opening line and the overall theme of this cute book on the president's oldest child. Alice, as illustrated, was ahead of her time to say the least. Even her father, Teddy Roosevelt, gets exasperated with her antics, which includes dancing all night, attracting the press' attention, traveling the world and more. It's a sweet, amusing look, told so a child can unders...
  • Anne
    I loved this book! Alice is great role model for high-spirited young ladies everywhere. I checked this out because the authors of Hissing Cousins:The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth cited it as their inspiration for writing their own book.
  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    This book was the 2009 Robert F. Sibert Medal honor book for best informational books for children. I never knew much about Alice Roosevelt Longworth until I read this book--and now I want to read more. I never realized what a celebrity she was, and how she helped her father, the President. I'd have given this book 5 stars but I didn't like the illustrations much. Nevertheless, recommended.
  • Kathryn Eder
    A man that made such a difference in our history but the story is not about him but about his daughter named Alice and how she did not make his life easy. She was full of questions and she wanted to go places and meet lots of people. It is illustrated so well that helps with the text. Great story about a very curious and witty young lady.
  • Lisa Vegan
    The illustrations really make this book. They’re full of the same zest that Alice exhibited. They’re perfect for this book. This is a fun history book for kids. They’ll be able to relate since the biography picture book covers Alice from birth to old age, and does not skimp on her childhood. While the pictures are what I loved, the story did make Alice and her times really come alive.
  • Roxanne Hsu Feldman
    This is truly fantastic! The text flows, bounces, jumps, runs, creates havoc -- just like Alice -- and just like the illustration. Wow. Such fun reading and looking at it -- and learning about a pretty remarkable woman in history! My 4th grade students LOVE this book :)
  • Beth
    The whole time I was reading this book I couldn't get "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" out of my head. :)
  • Emily
    What To Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy, written by Barbara Kerley and illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, is a children’s friendly biography that was one of the Robert F. Sibert honor book about Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter, Alice. This book recounts information about the adventurous life Alice lived, before, during and after her father’s term as President of the Uni...
  • Don Brynelsen
    Theodore Roosevelt once said to a friend, "I can do one of two things, I can be President of the United States, or I can control Alice, I cannot possibly do both!" By reading this book, young readers can learn why he said that. Alice Lee Roosevelt, the sole child of his first marriage, (Her mother died within hours of giving birth to her), was at times a live grenade in long skirts who went out of her way to draw attention to herself and get her ...
  • Kim Pietrobono
    Awards: N/AGrades: 1st grade-2nd gradeSummary: This book is a charming account of the life of Teddy Roosevelt’s daughter, Alice. It relates her outgoing, spontaneous, and adventurous personality, as well as the mischief she would often find herself getting into. Alice was different than most girls, she wanted to explore and see what the world had to offer, as well as challenge societal norms like wearing pants. Review: Overall I think this book...
  • Becky B
    Alice Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt's oldest daughter, was a high-spirited young woman unafraid of the spotlight. This book relates some of her hi-jinks and positive accomplishments for young readers.Make sure you read the author's note in the back too. Some of Alice's antics made me laugh out loud. Having read two biographies of Theodore Roosevelt, I know that Alice spent much of her early life completely separated from her father being raised b...
  • Amalia
    Awards: n/a Appropriate grade level(s):1st-2nd Summary: This book is about Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice. Readers get a small insight into the families life inside the White House. This book tells the story of Alice's adventurous spirit and all the adventures and mischief she got herself into.Review: I like how this book shows that even though you may have a "different" life, all children are the same- adventurous, playful and full of energ...
  • Brook Aldridge
    What To Do About Alice? is a children's biography about Alice Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt's daughter. In this book, the reader learns what was going on in Alice's since everyone already knows about her fathers. She was a mischief little girl, who had a much different childhood than most. She was home schooled and also had to wear braces for her legs as a child. She was loved so much a song was even written in her honor called "Alice, Where Art ...
  • Memory Toast
    I've been wanting to read this for a long time, and I'm glad I finally did! It's not the type of book I'd want just hanging around my classroom or home, but it is one that I'd love to read to a child and discuss. Some themes it could be used to talk about:- Convention vs. propriety - which of her actions just went outside social norms and which were actually improper? What did she gain and lose by being unconventional?- Respect- What people admir...
  • Taylor Pierson
    Genre: BiographyUnique Feature: One unique feature of this book is the language that is used and how the story is told. When reading this book aloud, the story and the words fit together perfectly as if the book was meant to be read aloud. The author brings in a sense of humor and lightheartedness to the text which matches the delightful illustrations. Grades: This book would be best utilized in grades 3rd-8th.
  • Claudia
    Alice Roosevelt was always a handful...and this book will appeal to all the kids out there who are, likewise, hands-ful. I did not know her mother essentially died at her birth. That might explain TR's unwillingness/inability to control her...but she was an irrepressible child who grew up to be an irrepressible adult. I love TR's famous line: "I can be president of the United States, or I can control Alice. I cannot possibly do both!" That is ONE...