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From a Small Seed―The Story of Eliza Hamilton

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Holt/Ottaviano has acquired Camille Andros's Eliza's Story, a picture book biography about Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, co-founder and director of the first private orphanage in New York City, and wife of founding father Alexander Hamilton. Tessa Blackham will illustrate; publication is planned for 2019.


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Holt/Ottaviano has acquired Camille Andros's Eliza's Story, a picture book biography about Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, co-founder and director of the first private orphanage in New York City, and wife of founding father Alexander Hamilton. Tessa Blackham will illustrate; publication is planned for 2019.

30 review for From a Small Seed―The Story of Eliza Hamilton

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bookish

    Founding Mother Eliza Hamilton's life presented through a metaphor of a tree. Strong through the first half, but the repetition of words ("faith" appears six times, for example) and phrases grew tedious after Eliza entered adulthood. For Hamilton-crazed young readers, I'd recommend Eliza: The Story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, instead.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Although this book is short on details about Eliza Hamilton, it does offer an accessible and engaging introduction, and make me want to learn even more. Although Eliza was born to privilege in New York, she drew lessons from nature about resilience and noted how trees with deep roots often survived storms while those with shallow ones did not. She also noticed that while she had a lot, others did not. These lessons would influence how she would behave as an adult as she worked with her husband, Although this book is short on details about Eliza Hamilton, it does offer an accessible and engaging introduction, and make me want to learn even more. Although Eliza was born to privilege in New York, she drew lessons from nature about resilience and noted how trees with deep roots often survived storms while those with shallow ones did not. She also noticed that while she had a lot, others did not. These lessons would influence how she would behave as an adult as she worked with her husband, Alexander Hamilton, to frame a new nation. Later, after his death and various tragedies, she kept working, co-founding an orphanage and a school. It's clear that her entire life was one dedicated to service. Back matter includes notes from the author and the illustrator that give more insight into this remarkable woman and will serve to make readers wish that there was even more information available about her, even some of her papers. The softly-colored gouache, colored pencil, and digital illustrations capture the personality of someone who must have been independent, resilient, and dedicated to service. The way she seems to have lived her life can serve as an example to the rest of us.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Air

    A beautiful and concise mini-biography highlighting one of our most important Founding Ladies. I am so glad to see more things focusing on Eliza, because while Hamilton deserves credit and recognition, he didn't do it alone. Eliza was there every step of the way, including when he made mistake after mistake. If it wasn't for Eliza, we would probably barley even know about Hamilton. I wish there had been more focus on her specific works and her relationship with her siblings, as they were both a A beautiful and concise mini-biography highlighting one of our most important Founding Ladies. I am so glad to see more things focusing on Eliza, because while Hamilton deserves credit and recognition, he didn't do it alone. Eliza was there every step of the way, including when he made mistake after mistake. If it wasn't for Eliza, we would probably barley even know about Hamilton. I wish there had been more focus on her specific works and her relationship with her siblings, as they were both a huge part of who she was, but I still enjoyed this and am excited to see more like it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Biography of Eliza Hamilton for elementary readers. Andros tells her story from childhood through death. She handles sensitive areas of her life in a gentle manner and stays focused on Eliza and all she accomplished. The Author Note at the end provides more information about the tragedies in her life.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tracie

    This was an accessable and short little biography about Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton. It didn't give me too much information, but made me want to learn more about her. I loved the author's note and the illustrations were stunning. I saw people mentioning the repetition in the story, but I think it helps children to remember her and her husband's qualities, and internalize them more.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Grodzicki

    A beautiful introduction to Eliza Hamilton, wife of Alexander Hamilton and one of the founding mothers of our country. Young readers will relate to her kindness and empathy. Lyrical text and gorgeous illustrations make this a great addition to the picture book biography shelf.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Norkett

    We enjoyed the historical aspect and learning she was way ahead of her time. Her compassion is something to be admired.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    A lyrical tribute to Eliza Hamilton, her character and accomplishments.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    A lean but accessible and engaging introduction to the founding mother.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tina Hoggatt

    I was disappointed in this picture book biography of Eliza Hamilton. I wanted more depth and insight into her life and though she accomplished much the emotion didn't resonate for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    Fantastic book. I loved this one about Eliza Hamilton. The illustrations are historical and gorgeous.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mallory Hargett

    Engaging book about life's adventure.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alanna

    This was a great book to read with your (little) kids! Especially if, like mine, they're obsessed with Hamilton. Cannot recommend enough!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  15. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kylee

  17. 4 out of 5

    Heather Runnels

  18. 4 out of 5

    Becca Rutkowski

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anne Lutomia

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katy

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nessa

  22. 5 out of 5

    Allison Volz

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura Mack

  24. 4 out of 5

    Annie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Wright Oelkers

  26. 4 out of 5

    Becky Ransberger

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amy Lafleur Meyers

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Giselle Borges

  30. 5 out of 5

    Diana Murray

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