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Children's LiteratureThe Statue of Liberty is certainly one of the symbols most frequently associated with America. It was the sight of this large statute that greeting millions of immigrants to the United States; the torch symbolized the light of hope for a better life. In this almost surreal story told in poetic verse—Lady Liberty decides to take a look at the country to better understand "the people who had come and gone." Artist Egielski has given the statue facial expressions that match the emotions she is feeling as she begins her tour across the land. In a mix of words from "America the Beautiful," Lady Liberty searches for "amber waves of grain," she hears from the grandchildren of immigrants who passed by her many years ago as she continues "`cross the fruited plain" and completes her journey from "sea to shining sea." Her absence is of course noticed and the people of New York write letters urging her to return to her home, which of course she does. It is an unusual mix of reality and fantasy and may not be appreciated as much by children as adults who have the context to understand the play off the song and poem "America the Beautiful" and know the history of the Statue of Liberty. The authors note tells about the statue's history and also reprints the poem at the base—"The New Colossus." 2004, Hyperion, Ages 4 to 7.