To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt
Doreen Rappaport & C. F. Payne
Hyperion, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
oreen Rappaport has elected to build this account of Theodore Roosevelt's life around key quotes taken from the president's writing, speeches and what others said about him. That's an admirable idea for an adult audience, but in this instance I don't think it works for young readers.
he book is designed in such a manner that the quotes dominate each page and the narrative flow is secondary. The narrative is also very disjointed which comes from perhaps trying to do too much with a limited number of pages. All in all, the flow of the information here is not very smooth and I doubt a young reader will be really pulled into this story of TR's life.
dmittedly the pictures by C. F. Payne are quite good so if used as just a picture book to illustrate key events in Roosevelt's life, this book works. I'd be tempted to adlib the text myself and just use the pictures to tell a group of students about this remarkable man's life.
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