Naming Liberty

Naming Liberty

by Jane Yolen, Jim Burke
     
 

A double celebration for Independence Day!

In this wonderfully unique book, Jane Yolen and Jim Burke weave two stories at once, as readers see young Gitl in Russia leaving her home for faraway America, wondering what new name she will choose for herself when she arrives, and young artist Frederic Auguste Bartholdi dreaming of a monument he wants to build to

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Overview

A double celebration for Independence Day!

In this wonderfully unique book, Jane Yolen and Jim Burke weave two stories at once, as readers see young Gitl in Russia leaving her home for faraway America, wondering what new name she will choose for herself when she arrives, and young artist Frederic Auguste Bartholdi dreaming of a monument he wants to build to honor freedom. It is an arduous journey for Gitl as she and her family travel across land and sea to arrive on this shore, but when she sees the magnificent Statue of Liberty standing in New York Harbor, she knows her name in this great new country must be 'Liberty.'

Just in time for Independence Day, Jim Burke's magnificent paintings capture Yolen's inspired tale of a girl and an artist and their passionate belief in freedom.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - L. A. Gallaway
Naming Liberty is a beautifully written and illustrated book of parallel stories. Jane Yolen masterfully interweaves the story of a family emigrating from Russia to America and the story of the conception, building, and transporting of the Statue of Liberty to America. Both stories are well researched. The book contains many interesting and sometimes surprising facts. Each story has an engaging main character: one, a young girl, is swept up in her family's big idea of moving to America, and the other, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, an artist, is swept up in the big idea of celebrating America's hundredth birthday with a memorial to her independence. These characters give this historically accurate picture book warmth and make the facts relevant to readers of a wide age range. The rich, clean pictures clearly represent and enhance the story. Reviewer: L. A. Gallaway
Kirkus Reviews
Gitl, the youngest in her Jewish family, looks forward to escaping the pogroms and persecution of Czarist Russia. After eldest son Shmuel (now Sammy) spends two years in the States, the family joins him, following a long journey by cart, foot, train and ship. Facing pages tell the story of Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and the creation of the Statue of Liberty. Arriving in New York Harbor, the sight of the welcoming great lady encourages Gitl to choose a new uniquely American name for herself: Libby, short for Liberty. Yolen's graceful text and Burke's illustrations balance the events and emotions of the parallel stories. Oil-painted panels in deep browns, greens and grays depict bearded Eastern village Jews against the modern cities of Paris and New York. The two Atlantic crossings come together in one New York Harbor view of the copper Statue, symbolizing the unifying themes of new ideas, freedom and the opportunity for a fresh start. (Picture book. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399242502
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/03/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
708,898
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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