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|Eliza : the story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton|
Author: McNamara, Margaret
A picture book biography about Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton's extraordinary wife and an important figure in her own right.
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/18)
Booklist (+) (08/01/18)
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Booklist - 08/01/2018 *Starred Review* Constructed as a letter to her soon-to-be-born great-grandchild, this picture-book biography not only depicts events from the life of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton but a burgeoning nation. Although remembered today as Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Eliza made her own mark on history. Folk-style illustrations with colonial colors and patterns aptly depict her time and 97 years of resilience. Raised in upstate New York, young Eliza was more adventurous amid rocks and waterfalls than her city visitors, and her family’s status put her in the company of presidents. While living near General Washington’s war headquarters in New Jersey, she met her future husband. And it was through Eliza that Alexander was introduced to society. Descriptions of Alexander’s abandonment as a child and the couple’s intake of children without homes set the scene for Eliza’s later endeavors. After brief mentions of her hardships, including her husband’s death, the narrative focuses on Eliza’s attention to preserving Alexander’s legacy and her decades of philanthropy. Her most notable act was founding the Orphan Asylum Society of the City of New York, that state’s first orphanage, in 1806. Concluding her story are an afterword by Phillipa Soo, who played the original Eliza in Hamilton: An American Musical, and more detailed notes. A lovely biography of a revolutionary in her own right. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.