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
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Biography, 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 Davis
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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. :)
  • Sarah
  • Lauri
    This is the kind of biography I like! Lots of pictures and written for children :) Alice Roosevelt was quite a lively lady. I wonder what the grown-up books say about her?
  • Amy Layton
    This book was so good!!  From the lively illustrations to the fun narrative voice, What To Do About Alice? was a book that enamored me from the beginning.  I knew a little about her rebelliousness, but my knowledge didn't even come close to that shown in this book!  This book captures her spirit so well, and I think it's a perfect book for young ones learning to make their way in the world.  Overall, it's absolutely fantastic, and I loved ev...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Sarah Schwartz
    Genre: BiographyAwards: 2009 Robert Sibert Honor BookAge Group: Primary - IntermediateSummary: The illustrated children's book tells the story of Alice Roosevelt, daughter of President Teddy Roosevelt. Alice lost her mother shortly after she was born and her father remarried and expanded his family. Alice always had a certain zest for life that was quite uncommon for young ladies at the time. She feared nothing and tried everything, including joi...
  • Marisol Herrera
    Plot Summary:This informational storybook provides a short biography of the life of Alice Roosevelt, daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt. Since a child, Alice ate up the world and looked for life’s adventures. Once her father became President of the United States, her energy never waned and the public embraced her outspoken and free spirit. Despite being married and her father’s attempt to settle her down, Alice continued to eat up the w...
  • Becky
    Barbara Ferley's book about Alice Roosevelt is written in simple prose for young readers. The language draws in the reader immediately with humorous stories of her spunky behavior. Every morning she demands to ride piggyback on her father and drinks up his bedtime tales of adventurers. She refuses any sympathy from people, and stubbornly continues acting like a tomboy despite leg braces. Fighting against her father's desire to turn her into a lad...
  • 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 ...
  • Hannah
    This book by Barbara Kerley is fun AND educational! This biography of Alice Roosevelt tells of her life, more specifically her adventures as a young adult. Alice Roosevelt lost her mother when she was only 2 days old. This made people say, "oh, that poor little thing," which Alice disliked greatly. As she grew older, Alice had to wear braces on her legs since they weren't growing properly. Once she got her braces off she was back to her "normal" ...
  • 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...
  • Ellen Shackley
    Genre: Historical Picture BookSummary: This picture book highlights the life of Alice Roosevelt, a free spirit who gave her father, Teddy Roosevelt, quite a difficult time while raising her. A) Area of Focus:ThemeB) Through the use of colorful pictures and one real-life historical figure, the author presents the theme of following your own path, not the one others have laid out for you. Alice Roosevelt marched to the beat of her own drum and gave...
  • SallySnowtiger
    What To Do About Alice?2009 Sibert HonorGrades 2-4The large formatted colorful and animated illustrations done by Edwin Fotheringham capture Alice’s adventurous free spirit. Alice Lee Roosevelt was the only child that President Theodore Roosevelt had with his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee. Alice is clearly described as a bit of a wild child who did not follow the rules and social conventions expected of young ladies of her time. The text on ea...