Synopses & Reviews
Emma Lazarus overcame the barriers of her day to become one of the leading poets of the nineteenth century. She used her celebrity to help the poor and impoverished immigrants of Eastern Europe. When the statue Liberty Enlightening the World came to the United States as a gift from France, it was Emma's poem "The New Colossus" that became forever connected with this American icon. Emma's words have served as a rallying call to generations of immigrants. In breathtaking color, veteran artist Stacey Schuett brings life to Erica Silverman's story of one of the great women of America.
"After publishing an early collection of poems and seeking Ralph Waldo Emerson's mentorship, young Emma Lazarus became immersed in the struggle for immigrants' rights. Schuett portrays Emma with quiet dignity, while swirling, abstract curlicues in sunset tones suggest a physical manifestation of her creative vigor. The opulence of women's gowns contrasts with somber depictions of impoverished Jews arriving at New York Harbor. But Silverman and Schuett close with an uplifting, iconic image: as Emma composes 'The New Colossus,' Lady Liberty holds her torch against a peach-colored sky. Ages 6 8. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“The evocative illustrations marry well with this accessible, appealing story of a woman both ahead of her time and an important American writer who left a lasting literary legacy to every United States citizen.”—School Library Journal
Awards for Erica Silverman:
Theodore Geisel Honor Award for Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa; Sydney Taylor Award for Sholoms Treasure: How Sholom Aleichem Became a Writer
About the Author
Stacey Schuett is the illustrator of Purple Mountain Majesties, by Barbara Younger (Dutton), in addition to many other books for young readers. She lives in Cazadero, California.