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From a Small Seed: The Story of Eliza Hamilton

Holt. Oct. 2019. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250297426.
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Gr 1-3–As a young girl, Eliza Hamilton played beneath the branches of tall trees with deep roots, proof of their ability to outlast the harshness of life. Hamilton didn’t know it then, but she, too, would grow, sink her roots deep, face tragedy and sorrow, and become a strong pillar providing shelter and hope for others. The poetic and graceful text gently weaves metaphors with facts set in lush, detailed illustrations. Readers will find themselves entranced by the story of a woman whose empathy and compassion can serve as an inspiration. Although the story itself may seem vague when it comes to specific details, the author’s note on the final pages fills in the gaps and explains many of the clever illustrations. Strong vocabulary is repeated throughout, offering an opportunity to introduce young readers to terms such as “passion, persistence, and perseverance.”
VERDICT This timely and elegant biography of one of our nation’s founding mothers, told in simplest terms, will touch the hearts of its readers. Lyrical and beautifully illustrated.

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