Though written for ages 8 and up, there is much to be gained for the adult who reads this book. My husband is an avid Theodore Roosevelt fan - scratch that, TR is a true hero in our home. The two men even share a birthday! Hubby is a bibliophile and probably bought this book (I'd never seen it before today on our bookshelf). But enough about my man, let me tell you about the book.
If you are a collector of books, this could be one for your shelf. It is "painstakingly written and illustrated by Cheryl Harness" who has written and/or illustrated 35 other books for children, including 6 other picture-book biographies for National Geographic. The images of this book were drawn with a steel pen dipped in a bottle of India ink, like many artists did in the days of TR.
I like that the words are simple enough for a third grader (and explains in parenthesis potential unfamiliar words like abolitionists) yet paced quick enough that in short snippets, the book could be read aloud to a younger audience. Along the bottom of most pages runs a timeline. Running the gamut of his life, the book begins with TR's birth. In the beginning pages we learn about the Lincoln/Douglas debates as well as the Pony Express.
found in the Central Arkansas Library System. For a list of books by Cheryl Harness (quickly becoming one of my favorite children's authors), you can start here.