Alexander Hamilton: Young Statesman by Helen Boyd Higgins

By Helen Boyd Higgins

The grownup accomplishments of this Founding Father, architect of the structure and primary Secretary of the Treasury, are mythical, and in this most up-to-date providing, young children meet the younger ''Alec'' transforming into up within the Caribbean as he desires of traveling the land referred to as the US. observed via his parrot, Hurry-Up, and his spouse, Poleon, Alec's tranquil days are jam-packed with the books he loves and visits to the waterfront to greet the huge ships arriving from Europe—until his uncle insists that Alec healthy using classes into his agenda. young children will determine with Alec's fight to beat his fear of horses and cheer at his braveness as he narrowly escapes a violent typhoon whereas on horseback, all whereas holding his eye at the prize—school in the US. Featured sections and enjoyable evidence clarify what occurred subsequent and when Alexander Hamilton lived, delivering younger readers with a image of the leader's complete life.

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Good morning, Alexander,” he said as Alec came to his side. “Good morning, Uncle Peter. I—I didn’t hear you at first. I—” Alec gulped and cleared his throat. Until now he had forgotten yesterday’s angry scene with his uncle. He gulped again and held out his hand. “Uncle Peter, I’m sorry that I disobeyed you yester38 I ’ L L NO T BE A F R A I D day. I’m sorry that I lost my temper but—” Alec stopped. He and Uncle Peter looked at each other and they both began to smile. “Well,” Uncle Peter began.

Knox,” called a loud voice from nearer the boat. ” “I’ll be right with you, my man,” shouted Mr. Knox. Then he turned to Alec. ” he asked. Alec nodded, too excited to speak. Mr. Knox hur26 T HE B OAT L A N D S , A N D A L EC M A K E S A F R I E N D ried off through the crowd. “I must see about my packages,” said Uncle Peter. “I want you to stay right here, Alec. Right here on this box. ” “Yes, sir,” Alec answered, still looking at Mr. Knox’s broad shoulders. He saw a porter give his new friend a box.

He had to run to keep up with his new friend. They hurried through the door of the warehouse. A crowd of men stood back as they came into the room. “Here comes Preacher Knox. Let him by,” shouted a loud voice. “Come this way, sir. ” The minister stepped into the center of the circle of men. Two of them stood face to face, frowning. Alec recognized the larger of the two as the man with ear30 T HE CH A SE rings whom he had seen on the Queen Bess. The other was much smaller. He wore lace ruffles and he had his hair tied back with a black ribbon.

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