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ALEXANDER HAMILTON: YOUNG STATESMAN (Young Patriot Series)

Author: Helen Boyd Higgins

Illustrator: Cathy Morrison

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Publisher: Patria Press, Inc., ©2008

Material: hard cover

Summary: Alexander Hamilton was one of America’s Founding Fathers. He was an aide to General Washington during the Revolutionary War. With James Madison and John Jay, he helped write the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Appointed Secretary of the Treasury by President Washington, Hamilton helped the new nation establish itself on a sound financial footing. This story highlights events that helped prepared Hamilton for the challenges he would face in later life. Learn about the childhood of Alexander Hamilton, one of our Founding Fathers, in this historical fiction novel.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 8 to 12

Reading Level: 4.1

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: This book is part of the Young Patriots Series. The books in this series are consistently well written and illustrated. The authors know their audience and engage them immediately. Individually (by title) or collectively (as a series), they earn a 9.5 out of 10.

Pros: Carefully crafted stories, interesting characters, and excellent illustrations are the highlights of this book and this series. The stories will engage proficient and reluctant readers alike.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. The books are fun to read and provide a little color to the history and heroes that 8- to 12-year-olds might not get from the typical textbook. The books are essential to the classroom library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: AMELIA EARHART: YOUNG AIR PIONEER (Young Patriot Series)   JOHN HANCOCK: INDEPENDENT BOY (Young Patriot Series)   GIVE ME LIBERTY

Educational Themes: The primary educational value of the book is that it humanizes the lives of the selected American hero. The stories and adventures focus on growing up and demonstrate that life is filled with challenges opportunities, setbacks, and joy for ordinary people, as well as for heroes.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 4.1

Literary Categories: fiction - historical fiction, US history, series book

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2008

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