by Barbara Kerley; Ed Fotheringham Book : Biography : Juvenile audience  |  1st ed
A Girl's Adventure Gets Her Far   (2010-02-23)
Alice does make great material to write a book about. Alice was so adventurous! A lady betting on horses! Dancing at parties all night! Alice “ate up the world”, but her father called it “running riot”. Once she even joined an all-boys club, until her father caught on, despite the disguises the boys wore. She may have hurt her father’s political reputation some, but she mostly helped it, since people loved her adventurous spirit and exuberance. She become somewhat of a celebrity. Although Alice shared her mother’s name, she didn’t know her mother. Her mother died when she was a baby and she grew up with step-siblings. Alice was taught at home, instead of going to school and that just gave her more time to explore, instead of needing to behave primly. When she was finally sent to boarding school for a summer to learn how to be a lady, she cried in her room every afternoon. So that fall, Alice was allowed to stay home to learn. She learned by reading everything she could in her father’s library. When she was 17, her father became president, but her adventures increased as she traveled and won people’s hearts in many places. Alice became one of her father’s most trusted political advisors. She also advised her husband, who served in Congress, and as Speaker of the House.
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