Synopses & Reviews
"Give me your tired,and#160;your poor
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . . "
In 1883, Emma Lazarus, deeply moved by an influx of immigrants from eastern Europe, wrote a sonnet thatand#160;gaveand#160;a voice to the Statue of Liberty.and#160; Originally a gift from France to celebrate our shared national struggles for liberty, the statue, thanks to Emma's poem,and#160;came toand#160;define us as a nation that welcomesand#160;immigrants.and#160;Theand#160;text of thatand#160;now famous poem,and#160;"The New Colossus," appears in this free-verse biography, illustrated in an exquisiteand#160;folk art style.and#160; and#160; Theand#160;New Colossus by Emma Lazarus hasand#160;been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 4-5, Poetry)
Jane Addams Children's Book Award 2011
Junior Library Guild Selection
"Nivola's rectilinear compositions and poses, her generalized figures, and her bright, limited palette recall Barbara Cooney's period scenes, capturing New York City's opulent upper crust and the indigent yet dignified newcomers with equal skill. An excellent introduction to both Lady Liberty and the poem."--Horn Book, starred reviewand#160;
"The art and words are moving in this picture book, which pairs free verse with detailed, fullpage paintings in watercolor, ink, and gouache to tell the history behind Lazarus' famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty."--Booklist
"Aand#160;gentle tribute to Emma Lazarus, very much in the style of Barbara Cooneyand#8217;s Eleanor (Viking, 1996)...The pictures, with their slight folk-art feel, capture both the time and action of the story, while the text illuminates the woman. An authorand#8217;s note and the full text of the poem complete the book. A worthwhile addition for most collections."--School Library Journal
"Nivolaand#8217;s watercolor-and-gouache paintings are rich in color and detail, showing the elegant streets and homes of 19th-century New York City as well as its settlement houses. Line, pattern and a sense of place give young readers a rich vision of the "golden door" by which "your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" came to this country. Nicely done, enabling even young children to see how the poem and the statue came together."--Kirkus
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.
A picture book biography that shows how one poetand#8217;s voice forever changed the way we view perhaps the most symbolic piece of art in America: the Statue of Liberty
About the Author
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.