Being Teddy Roosevelt by R. W. Alley & Claudia Mills

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Riley O'Rourke is writing his report on President Teddy Roosevelt in preparation for the fourth-grade biography tea, but he has a far more important goal: to get a saxophone so he can take instrumental music. His mother can't afford to rent him a sax, and he's sure he'll never save up enough money to buy one. But as Riley learns more about Roosevelt's "bully" spirit, he realizes that there just might be a way to solve his problem after all. Claudia Mills' sparkling story about the influence of important historical figures is enhanced by tender, insightful illustrations. Being Teddy Roosevelt is a 2008 Bank Street—Best Children's Book of the Year.

About R. W. Alley & Claudia Mills

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CLAUDIA MILLS lives in Boulder, Colorado, and is the author of the popular 7 x 9 = Trouble!, an ALA Notable Book. R. W. ALLEY is the illustrator of Ziggy's Blue-Ribbon Day by Claudia Mills. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island.
Published April 7, 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 108 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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Riley goes to school with Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King, Jr., Queen Elizabeth and many other world-famous figures—all fellow fourth-grade students researching their chosen topics for Mrs. Harrow’s biography tea.

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When Riley hears that at project's end the students will attend a tea party, each dressed as the subject of his or her biography, he is less than thrilled ("To say that Riley would rather die than go to a biography tea would be an exaggeration.

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And as we learn, Riley O’Rourke aka Teddy Roosevelt learns to overcome some great obstacles to reach his final goal of finding a saxophone to learn to play for the school band.

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