Little Miss Liberty

Little Miss Liberty

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by Chris Robertson
     
 

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A story of lighthearted account of how Statue of Liberty came to New York. An enjoyable romp?and perfect read-aloud?it will entertain even the squirmiest listener and yet in its own quiet way remind us why Lady Liberty is both unique and important.See more details below

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A story of lighthearted account of how Statue of Liberty came to New York. An enjoyable romp?and perfect read-aloud?it will entertain even the squirmiest listener and yet in its own quiet way remind us why Lady Liberty is both unique and important.

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Publishers Weekly
Robertson enters the children's book arena with a lighthearted tribute to the Statue of Liberty on the 120th anniversary of her inauguration on the 4th of July. Little Miss Liberty-depicted in blackline cartoon and painted with her usual patina throughout-is born on a July morning in Paris. Robertson depicts her as a toddler reaching for the cookie jar, with pacifier in mouth, mimicking the real statue's pose. The heroine rapidly outpaces her peers and eventually her parents in the size department. Cheery cartoons accompany an ambling narrative that aims to humorously explain the statue's appearance (e.g., "Her parents had a hard time finding clothes that would fit her. Finally, they gave up and wrapped her in a queen-size bed sheet"). The story also sets out to describe the statue's symbolic role. When she started school, "Little Miss Liberty was a friend to all... to those who felt different or misunderstood, lonely or sad." After outgrowing her home, she journeys around the world (lit torch in hand) and finally settles in New York harbor. Most watercolor vignettes are dominated by a single hue, allowing the green Miss Liberty to be the focal point of each scene. Many of the comic nuances and symbolism may be missed by those not familiar with the statue or U.S. history. But more sophisticated readers will likely appreciate this whimsical account of how the statue came to America. Ages 4-up. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In this vapid tale, the Statue of Liberty is personified as an infant born in Paris, whose "coloring was a little on the green side." She matures and learns rapidly and is "especially kind to those who felt different or misunderstood, lonely or sad." The child soon outgrows her surroundings and travels to distant lands until she finds the perfect spot in New York harbor where she "stands with pride, continuing to grow taller and smarter-every day." The watercolor-and-ink cartoon illustrations feature a palette of greens, from the watery-looking endpapers, to Little Miss Liberty, to the washes on several of the vignettes. Depictions of the Eiffel Tower and New York's Chrysler building as well as building blocks on the cover usher in the metaphor carried throughout the story: freedom is a concept that grows with learning and understanding and spreads throughout the world. However, the youngsters for whom the story is intended will probably not be able to see beyond the literal tale of a baby who turns into a statue; conveniently finds "a pedestal of perfect size, color, and proportion"; and remains there "with pride." Exercise your freedom to pass on this story that will likely confuse more than enlighten its readers. Youngsters would learn far more by reading Allan Drummond's Liberty! (Farrar, 2002).-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619890336
Publisher:
Castaway Books
Publication date:
04/27/2012
Sold by:
Sachmanya
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
309,753
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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