Jean Fritz’s sophisticated style of communicating allows readers to capture the energy, drive, and achievements of our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt. The award-winning author conveys biographical information with inspiring detail, humor and historical accuracy.
The first chapter ends with the death of Roosevelt’s father while Roosevelt was attending Harvard, and Fritz writes, "In his distress, Teddy may have felt that...his boyhood was gone. And...his father would always be looking over his shoulder." Fritz also reveals Roosevelt as a staunch reformer and an environmentalist, who had an innate love for natural history. Readers even see the young Teddy diligently recording animals’ measurements, and follow him as he learns taxidermy just a few years later. A vibrant man with an incredible work ethic, Roosevelt’s conservation work, hunting expeditions, family life, and political career are all well chronicled in this book.
Mike Wimmer contributes the beautiful black-and-white illustrations. A dynamic and sophisticated introduction to Theodore Roosevelt, this is an important book for young adults.