Synopses & Reviews
In this powerful tribute to the true meaning of liberty, a boy comes to understand why his grandmother insists that the family travel to Ellis Island each year to celebrate the Statue of Liberty's birthday. Full color.
"A contemporary Italian-American family living in New York City makes its annual pilgrimage to Liberty Island to celebrate the birthday of the Statue of Liberty in this poignant picture book. Young Mike thinks a picnic in blustery October is just plain dumb ('Why do we always have to do this?'); he's embarrassed by his grandparents' unflagging enthusiasm for this outing. But when Mike observes a family of new Americans who have also come to pay their respects to Lady Liberty, he gains insight into this symbol of freedom and his Italian grandparents' gratitude at arriving in the United States. Bunting's (So Far from the Sea) patriotic story includes several hallmarks of now-familiar immigrant stories but never grows soppy, due in large part to Mike's lightly irreverent voice. Carpenter (Twinnies, with Bunting) captures a touch of the 'huddled masses' as she depicts crowds on the subway and on the ferry in her vibrant acrylics. Ages 5-10. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Poignant . . . Bunting's patriotic story . . . never grows soppy."--Publishers Weekly
"Bunting warmly captures the lasting emotional impact that the first sighting of the statue can have on hopeful new arrivals . . . Excellent."--School Library Journal
Tony thinks it's dumb to go all the way to Liberty Island for a birthday picnic. But that's before he understands what the Statue of Liberty means to Grandma.
A powerful tribute to the true meaning of liberty
A Picnic In October (PB)
About the Author
first glimpsed the Statue of Liberty when she sailed into New York Harbor as an immigrant from Ireland. She is the author of many books, including the three titles in the Little Badger series and the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night
, illustrated by David Diaz. She lives in Southern California.
NANCY CARPENTER has illustrated numerous books for children, including Twinnies, also written by Eve Bunting. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.