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Lady Liberty: A Biography

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Publisher Comments:

A powerfully moving, authentic portrait of the Statue of Liberty, told through the eyes of those who created her and illustrated in glorious detail.

"Soon America will be one hundred years old. I share my dream of a birthday gift."

It begins in 1865 as a romantic idea, but ten years later Édouard Laboulayes dream catches fire and takes shape. Sculptor Auguste Bartholdi gives the dream the form of a lady, holding a torch to "enlighten the world." Engineers, plasterers, carpenters, coppersmiths — many of them immigrants — work together to turn the lady into a monument over 100 feet tall. Joseph Pulitzer calls on readers to help fund a pedestal, and hundreds send in nickels, dimes, and even roosters for the cause. Doreen Rappaports historically accurate, poetic vignettes and Matt Tavaress magnificent images remind us of the true origins of a national symbol — and show that it took a lot of people to make the Lady.

Review:

"Tracing the Statue of Liberty's path to completion, Rappaport (Nobody Gonna to Turn Me 'Round) lets those responsible for its creation tell the story of the project that spanned 20 years and two continents. Based on primary sources, their often lyrical, present-tense musings surge with the emotions behind the American symbol. 'I listen to the people talk as they watch/ her skin being riveted onto her skeleton./ She inspires them. She inspires me,' structural engineer Gustave Eiffel declares. Jumping from one historical figure to the next (for example, from Eiffel to poet Emma Lazarus) is both energizing and discomfiting, as readers must settle into a new voice with each spread. Tavares's (Iron Hans) realistic illustrations are at their best in the sweeping, angled perspectives of the construction and easily justify the book's large trim size. The full-bleed spreads culminate in a vertical gatefold of the copper icon sans weathered patina, instantly whisking readers to the triumphant moment of Liberty's unveiling in 1886. Ages 5 — 9." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In this powerfully moving, authentic portrait of the Statue of Liberty, told through the eyes of those who created her, Rappaport's historically accurate, poetic vignettes and Tavares's magnificent images remind us of the true origins of a national symbol. Full color.

Synopsis:

A powerfully moving, authentic portrait of the Statue of Liberty, told through the eyes of those who created her and illustrated in glorious detail.

"Soon America will be one hundred years old. I share my dream of a birthday gift."

It begins in 1865 as a romantic idea, but ten years later Édouard Laboulayes dream catches fire and takes shape. Sculptor Auguste Bartholdi gives the dream the form of a lady, holding a torch to "enlighten the world." Engineers, plasterers, carpenters, coppersmiths many of them immigrants work together to turn the lady into a monument over 100 feet tall. Joseph Pulitzer calls on readers to help fund a pedestal, and hundreds send in nickels, dimes, and even roosters for the cause. Doreen Rappaports historically accurate, poetic vignettes and Matt Tavaress magnificent images remind us of the true origins of a national symbol and show that it took a lot of people to make the Lady.

About the Author

Doreen Rappaport has written many books for young readers, including an acclaimed trilogy about the African-American experience: NO MORE!, FREE AT LAST!, and NOBODY GONNA TURN ME 'ROUND, all illustrated by Shane W. Evans. She is also the author of MARTIN'S BIG WORDS: THE LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., illustrated by Bryan Collier. She lives in Copake Falls, New York.

Matt Tavares is the illustrator of IRON HANS: A GRIMMS' FAIRY TALE, retold by Stephen Mitchell; JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, retold by E. Nesbit; and 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. He has also written and illustrated three books inspired by baseball: MUDBALL, OLIVER'S GAME, and ZACHARY'S BALL. Matt Tavares lives in Ogunquit, Maine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780763625306
Author:
Rappaport, Doreen
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Illustrator:
Tavares, Matt
Author:
Tavares, Matt
Subject:
History - United States/19th Century
Subject:
History
Subject:
Statue of liberty (new york, n.y.)
Subject:
History - United States/Symbols, Monuments, Etc.
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Buildings, structures, etc.
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-General
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-US History
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
statue of liberty;history;france;biography;new york city;immigration;picture book
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4-COLOR
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
11.96x10.04x.56 in. 1.39 lbs.
Age Level:
05-09

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Product details 40 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763625306 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Tracing the Statue of Liberty's path to completion, Rappaport (Nobody Gonna to Turn Me 'Round) lets those responsible for its creation tell the story of the project that spanned 20 years and two continents. Based on primary sources, their often lyrical, present-tense musings surge with the emotions behind the American symbol. 'I listen to the people talk as they watch/ her skin being riveted onto her skeleton./ She inspires them. She inspires me,' structural engineer Gustave Eiffel declares. Jumping from one historical figure to the next (for example, from Eiffel to poet Emma Lazarus) is both energizing and discomfiting, as readers must settle into a new voice with each spread. Tavares's (Iron Hans) realistic illustrations are at their best in the sweeping, angled perspectives of the construction and easily justify the book's large trim size. The full-bleed spreads culminate in a vertical gatefold of the copper icon sans weathered patina, instantly whisking readers to the triumphant moment of Liberty's unveiling in 1886. Ages 5 — 9." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In this powerfully moving, authentic portrait of the Statue of Liberty, told through the eyes of those who created her, Rappaport's historically accurate, poetic vignettes and Tavares's magnificent images remind us of the true origins of a national symbol. Full color.
"Synopsis" by , A powerfully moving, authentic portrait of the Statue of Liberty, told through the eyes of those who created her and illustrated in glorious detail.

"Soon America will be one hundred years old. I share my dream of a birthday gift."

It begins in 1865 as a romantic idea, but ten years later Édouard Laboulayes dream catches fire and takes shape. Sculptor Auguste Bartholdi gives the dream the form of a lady, holding a torch to "enlighten the world." Engineers, plasterers, carpenters, coppersmiths many of them immigrants work together to turn the lady into a monument over 100 feet tall. Joseph Pulitzer calls on readers to help fund a pedestal, and hundreds send in nickels, dimes, and even roosters for the cause. Doreen Rappaports historically accurate, poetic vignettes and Matt Tavaress magnificent images remind us of the true origins of a national symbol and show that it took a lot of people to make the Lady.

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