Theodore “Laurie” Laurence (Little Women) Theodore “Laurie” Laurence is the neighbor of the March family in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, published in 1868/69. He is quite a catch, being charming, handsome and rich, but for some mysterious reason, Jo turns down his proposal of marriage, preferring his platonic friendship. Of course, as we all know, Jo’s future harbors the affable German professor, but not to worry – Mr. Laurence does not go to waste. Naturally, he passes his attentions on to the youngest (and vainest) sister, Amy. She’s no fool – she accepts him, and they marry and live happily ever-for-a- little-while-anyway.
Theodore - a song by Ghostface Killah [explicit]
Oh, Theodore! (Susan Katz) - The young narrator badly wants a pet, but his mom says dogs are loud and snakes are too scary. So the boy reluctantly winds up with a guinea pig. Through short poems and free verse, the boy and readers get to know Theodore ("soft, plump, fuzzy brown—like a teddy bear"). At first, Theodore hides in his cage, but a cautious approach finally results in a pat on the head followed by a purr. Since guinea pigs are not the most interactive of pets, the text sometimes seems stretched; one very short poem notes that Theodore doesn't have a tail. But most of the verses make a clever point, and the action picks up when, not unexpectedly, Theodore gets lost. The Latino mother and son, along with Theodore himself, are attractively portrayed, with the guinea pig's expressive face bordering on anthropomorphic. An oversize format with plenty of white space adds appeal, and the short text can be used with beginning readers. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Ted (Tony DiTerlizzi) - As the story goes, Ted--the "big, raspberry-colored oaf" who was DiTerlizzi's imaginary childhood pal--was a little jealous about the Moon Pie Adventure and wanted in on the next book. So with a little help from this towering, pink, floppy-eared fluff ball, DiTerlizzi recounts how he and Ted first met over bowls of raspberry cereal and games of Monopoly-Twister. But, of course, Father will have nothing to do with this, so an elaborate campaign begins to convince him of Ted's existence, involving wall murals, impromptu indoor swimming pools, and all other sorts of mischief. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Theodore and the Talking Mushroom (Leo Lionni) - Theodore, a little mouse, lives with a lizard that can grow a new tail, a frog that can swim underwater, and a turtle that can close up like a box. But Theodore has no special talents of his own. When he discovers a mushroom that says “Quirp,” Theodore tells his friends that this is the only talking mushroom in the world, and that “quirp” means that he should be venerated above all animals. The word spreads, and Theodore is bestowed with a crown—until the truth comes out. When his friends learn that they’ve been deceived, Theodore discovers that he does have a special talent—running away very fast! This tall tale provides an excellent starting-point for discussions of honesty. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (John Grisham) - After years of taking on lawyers of the adult persuasion, best-selling writer Grisham turns to a lawyer who is only 13. Well, Theo Boone hasn't taken the bar, but he offers advice to his friends, hangs out at the courthouse, and watches Perry Mason reruns. Things turn serious, however, when a witness to a murder, a young illegal immigrant, comes to Theo with evidence. The trial is in full swing, and it looks like the defendant will walk unless Theo comes forward. But he's promised the young man he will keep his identity confidential. What should he do? Recommended for ages 9-12.
Theodore Boone: The Abduction (John Grisham) - Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure and the stakes are higher than ever. When his best friend, April, disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even Theo Boone--who knows April better than anyone--has answers. As fear ripples through his small hometown and the police hit dead ends, it's up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April. Filled with the page-turning suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone's trials and triumphs will keep readers guessing until the very end. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Theodore Roosevelt for Kids: His Life and Times, 21 Activities (Kerrie Logan Hollihan) - Part of the “For Kids” series, this biography combines hands-on craft activities and games (“start a penny collection”; “make a campaign button”) with the life story of Theodore Roosevelt and the political history of his time. The combination does not always work: it is jarring to read a boxed section on “How to make a yummy chocolate éclair” opposite the account of the bombing of the warship Maine. And while kids may enjoy the chatty interactive tone, they likely won't have the background to fully grasp the details about political campaigning and foreign policy, which seemed aimed at a much older audience. What works best here is the lively account of Roosevelt's progressive campaigns for fair pay, restrictions on child labor, control of big business, and his pioneer role in conservation, including his efforts to save the Grand Canyon. Recommended for ages 10-14.
Theodore: The Adventures of a Smudgy Bear (Edward Ormondroyd) - Theodore loves Lucy even though she’s often careless with him. He’s an old experienced bear, comfortably smudgy, and he knows that it’s part of a bear’s life to be forgotten in a closet now and then. But when he’s accidentally mixed in with the laundry and gets washed and dried, he’s suddenly so shiny-clean that Lucy doesn’t recognize him. He needs to figure out a way to get himself smudgy and bearish again! Theodore is a classic, universal story of a stuffed animal’s adventures—a precursor to Corduroy and Knuffle Bunny. More than forty years after its original publication date, it’s as fresh and endearing as ever, with help from Juli Kangas’s happy, candy-colored new illustrations. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Theodore - Theodore Roosevelt (U.S. President); Theodore Roethke (poet); Théodore Rousseau (French painter); Theodore Dreiser (American novelist); Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss/children’s book author); Théodore Géricault (French painter); Theodore Kaczynski (American “Unabomber”); Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent (musician); Theodore Sturgeon (sci-fi author); Theodore Samuel “Ted” Williams (baseball player); Theodore Shaw "Teddy" Wilson (jazz pianist)
Famous People Who Named Their Son Theodore - Ali Larter (actress); Bryce Dallas Howard (actress); Theodore Roosevelt (U.S. President); Thomas Edison (inventor)
Theodore Roosevelt (27 Oct 1858 - 6 Jan 1919) - There’s no two ways about it: Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was one of the greatest American Presidents of all time. Elected at the age of 43, he became (at that time) the youngest man ever elected to the High Office and the 26th President of this great country. He is most known for his strength of character, progressive reforms and strong foreign policies. He considerably broadened the executive powers and arguably changed the Oval Office forever. Born into a wealthy family in New York, poor Teddy suffered from asthma and weak health as a child. After overcoming his ailments through disciplined exercise and determination, Roosevelt would go on to lead a strenuous, courageous and adventurous life. He was a stand-out hero during the Spanish-American War which gave way to his political life. He ascended the Presidency accidentally when McKinley was shot, but he took to the challenge with his typical zest and flair. He once famously uttered these words: “Speak softly and carry a big stick, and you will go far.” Roosevelt made many enemies as the “Trust-busting” president (breaking up railroad and corporate monopolies). He is also notable for the construction of the Panama Canal, mediating the Russo-Japanese War and for his substantial environmental conservations. Lackluster politicians of our day could stand to learn a few lessons from this great man.