York Gazette

Since 1842.

Book Critique of the Week...

Book - Brooklyn Bridge

Author - Karen Hesse

Publication Date - None specified


= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =


9.5 / 10


This book has a great story, awesome characters, and a cool background. I honestly felt like I was reading a true book. It makes the book feel real. Whenever I read the book, I felt like I was part of the book. It felt like I was being asked the questions and like I was there with that family, selling teddy bears. This was almost funny at some times, as well. Which definitely made up for some of the more boring moments in the book.


I saw very-little issue with this book. Although, it did get dull at moments, like almost all historical fiction books (a few exceptions e.g. Diary of Anne Frank). There was not much action, much like real-life. That was possibly one of the main reasons I felt that I was in the book and that their world was building around me. I learned some things about history that are known to be true. For example, I had heard about the Theodore Roosevelt bear story, but never understood what it really was. This book taught me about that story and how Theodore Roosevelt got the nickname "Teddy".

President of the Day: Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt [Story & Facts]

Theodore Roosevelt was definitely on the list of top 30 presidents. He was a Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1906 because he was the main helper, solving the war between the Russian and Japanese. He was also the first president to fly in an airplane (made by the Wright Brothers). They even named stuffed bears after him.


The story goes like this...


Mister Roosevelt headed off to Mississippi for a hunting trip with the Governor and a few others. Roosevelt never saw any bears. Although his colleagues saw many bears around the woods that they were hunting in. Because of this, he would never bring back any bears (which was bad at that time and even now). The next day, his dogs tracked down a bear! They even had tied the bear to a tree, but he would not shoot it. He thought this was unfair for the bear. The bear was now hurt, though. So he decided he would end its misery...

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes (a few of many)

"Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground."


"Believe you can and you're halfway there."


"If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month."


"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."

Find out more...

Find out much more about Theodore Roosevelt here:


http://www.theodoreroosevelt.org/