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Theodore Roosevelt: Letters from a Young Coal Miner
ISBN: 9781890817275
Author: Armstrong, Jennifer
Publisher: Winslowhouse International
Published: February 2001
Retail: $8.95    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: The Dear Mr. President series brings history alive through fictitious correspondence between a president and a young person. These thought-provoking letters provide valuable insights into important moments in American history through their portrayal of issues from other times. Although the letters are imagined, they are all based upon meticulous historical research. To capture each president's personality and the voice of the youth of each time period, the authors draw on definitive books, firsthand interviews, and other reliable sources.

Elegantly designed in two colors, the books include photographs, illustrations, maps, primary source material, reproductions of actual letters, a presidential biography, U.S. postal history, timelines, and an index.

The interactive Web footnotes throughout the books are a unique feature of the Dear Mr. President series. These footnotes point readers to the series Web page at winslowpress.com for further information on a particular topic. This invaluable Web page encourages individual exploration, expertly guiding visitors through the vast resources of the Internet. There they will find primary source materials, links, historical sites, interactive games, and activities.

Additional Information
Physical Information: 0.51" H x 8.81" L x 6.24" W 118 pages
Bargain Category: Middle School, Historical Fiction, Geography, Biographies, Upper Elementary, Reference, Presidents & Wives
Grade level(s): 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2001 Fall)
This series features an intriguing concept--a fictional correspondence between a president and a young citizen, thus providing social and political history. Readers who can suspend their disbelief (especially regarding the uneducated coal miner, who seems an unlikely letter writer) will enjoy the books. Photos and reproductions are included. Roosevelt contains a glossary. Bib., ind. Copyright 2001 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2001 April)
Gr 5-7-A new series in which readers meet a president through fictional correspondence with a young person of the time period. In this volume, children learn about mining life and work in Pennsylvania in the early 1900s. Fifteen-year-old Frank Kovacs comes to life through his letters while the contrasts of economic class and social roles are made vivid by Roosevelt's letters. Readers are also made aware of the workers' plight, the movement toward child-labor laws, strikes, and unionization. Historical photos, cartoons, and sketches add visual interest. Readers are frequently referred to the publisher's Web site for additional information. The "More about Theodore Roosevelt" section at the end of the book provides 10 pages of biographical information. While students may not be easily drawn into the letter format and style, teachers will be able to bring the characters, time period, and issues to life by reading selected letters aloud. Pair this book with the more complete information presented in Susan Campbell Bartoletti's Growing up in Coal Country (Houghton, 1996). An interesting addition to collections and curricula in which this time period and these issues are the focus of study.-Janie Schomberg, Leal Elementary School, Urbana, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.