Once, before giving a campaign speech in 1912, Theodore Roosevelt was shot by a would-be assassin. But the former president refused to let the attack get in the way of his message. After police had subdued the shooter, he calmly delivered his speech as planned, pressing his handkerchief against the wound to stop the bleeding. Few who knew Teddy Roosevelt as a frail and sickly child would have suspected that he might one day be capable of an act of such toughness and physical strength. Yet even as a young boy Roosevelt displayed uncommon determination. He also showed a keen interest in, and love for, nature. Teddy Roosevelt spent much of his childhood collecting, drawing, and writing about animal and bird species. As president, Roosevelt would play a vital role in establishing America's national park system. This book details the fascinating childhood of our 26th president, whose many accomplishments included getting the Panama Canal built and winning a Nobel Peace Prize.
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