It's 1901 and Theodore Roosevelt has just become the 26th president of the United States. He arrives in Washington, DC with his wife, 6 children, and not less than 43 family pets: dogs, cats, horses, pigs, bears, badgers, and many others. None, however, are a match for an infestation of rats in the White House kitchens.
As the rats multiply, the Roosevelt children attempt to bring the problem to their father's attention, but "TR" is too busy make history--meeting with Booker T. Washington, building the Panama Canal, mediating coal strikes, inspiring the Teddy Bear, and designing national parks.
The Roosevelt children love their new home, but hate the rats. Only when TR wins re-election does he come up with a solution to the vermin problem, in the form of a 44th pet --a small terrier named Skip.
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A well-researched, engaging, child's-eye view of U.S. presidential history.
-- Kirkus Reviews