October 27 Birthday: TO DARE MIGHTY THINGS. Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. President
b. October 27, 1858
d. January 6, 1919

TO DARE MIGHTY THINGS: THE LIFE OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT (Disney Hyperion, 2013)

by Doreen Rappaport
illustrated by C.F. Payne

Overview

President Theodore Roosevelt is known as “the man
with a plan,” the “rough rider.” His figure stands tall in American
history; his legacy stretching him to larger-than-life proportions.

But before his rise to fame, he
was just “Teedie,” a boy with ambitious dreams to change the world, and
the conviction to see his stupendous imaginings brought to fruition.
As an American president, he left
an impressive mark upon his country. He promised a “square deal” to all
citizens, he tamed big businesses, and protected the nation’s wildlife
and natural beauty. His fearless leadership assured that he would always
be remembered, and his robust spirit now dares others to do mighty
things.
In her moving picture book
portrait, award-winning author Doreen Rappaport uses her well-honed
approach of personal quotes and vivid prose to spin together the tale of
a sickly boy who became a monumental man. Coupled with C. F. Payne’s
dramatic artwork, the story of President Teddy, touchstone of American
history, is brought to life.

October 27 Birthday: TEEDIE: THE STORY OF YOUNG TEDDY ROOSEVELT

Theodore Roosevelt
October 27, 1858 to January 6, 1919

 TEEDIE: THE STORY OF  YOUNG TEDDIE ROOSEVELT by Don Brown
(HMH Books for Young Readers, 2009)

Teedie was not exactly the stuff of greatness: he was small for his
size. Delicate. Nervous. Timid. By the time he was ten years old, he had
a frail body and weak eyes. He was deviled by asthma, tormented by
bullies. His favorite place to be was at home. Some might think that
because of these things, Teedie was destined for a ho-hum life. But they
would be wrong. For teeedie had a strong mind, as well as endless
curiosity and determination. Is that all? No. Teedie also had ideas of
his own–lots of them. It wasn’t long before the world knew him as
Theodore Roosevelt, the youngest president of the United States.

October 27 Birthday: CAMPING WITH THE PRESIDENT

Theodore Roosevelt, President
b. Oct. 27, 1858
d. Jan. 6, 1919


CAMPING WITH THE PRESIDENT
(Calkins Creek, 2009)

by Ginger Wadsworth
illustrated by Karen Dugan

Overview


A camping trip with John Muir affects Theodore Roosevelt’s decisions on
conservation. Imagine a U.S. president on a camping trip. It seems
unlikely today, but in May 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt dismissed
his Secret Service men to go camping with John Muir, the world-famous
naturalist. For three glorious nights and four days in California’s
Yosemite National Park, the two men talked about birds, giant sequoia
trees, glaciers, as well as the importance of preserving wilderness for
future generations. They slept under the stars, built blazing campfires,
and enjoyed the beauty and the uniqueness of the area. Setting aside
new national parks and monuments became one of the cornerstones of
Roosevelt’s presidency and was a direct result of this camping trip.
Author Ginger Wadsworth and illustrator Karen Dugan carefully researched
this true story, a CRA Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Silver Honor Book,
relying on primary documents and working closely with experts in the
field.