New book delves into Theodore Roosevelt’s childhood

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“The Amazing Bird Collection of Young Mr. Roosevelt” by Margaret Porter Griffin presents an expanded look at how a future president became a naturalist before his college years

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Theodore Roosevelt was a many-sided president known for his exuberant personality. In a new biography (published by Xlibris), author Margaret Porter Griffin describes how he developed into an accomplished naturalist – as a boy.

The Amazing Bird Collection of Young Mr. Roosevelt” follows Theodore from his eighth to eighteenth birthdays. His education almost never took place in a traditional classroom, and his relationship with family and friends in the Victorian Age had a deep impact on the man he was to be. Despite frail health, he was devoted to the fresh air, trees and birds at country homes where they spent the summers. One result of his nature self-study was a large collection of birds he stuffed himself, and which can be seen today at the Smithsonian Institution and American Museum of Natural History.

The book is for teens and grownups alike. The author, a former intermediate grade teacher, shares stories from research at Harvard University and other historical sites, with an eye on what Theodore read, wrote, and shared with others. Especially notable are his journal entries from two year-long tours of Europe before he was 15. Readers will identify with this curious, precocious boy’s zest for life -- contagious to those around him, and evident to generations of Americans since.

“The Amazing Bird Collection of Young Mr. Roosevelt”
By Margaret Porter Griffin
Hardcover | 6x9in | 178 pages | ISBN 9781499037722
Softcover | 6x9in | 178 pages | ISBN 9781499037739
E-Book | 178 pages | ISBN 9781499037715
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Margaret Porter Griffin taught intermediate grades, mostly the fifth grade for 25 years in Indiana Public Schools. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling in the American West and spending time with her family.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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