The Story of the Statue of Liberty

The Story of the Statue of Liberty

by Xavier W. Niz, Cynthia Martin, Brent Schoonover

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Tells the story of the building of the Statue of Liberty. Written in graphic-novel format.


Tells the story of the building of the Statue of Liberty. Written in graphic-novel format.

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Children's Literature
Begun as an idea of how to celebrate the friendship between France and the United States of America, The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognized symbols of freedom in the world. Standing on Bedloe's Island (originally the site of Fort Wood) in New York City's harbor, the statue is the welcoming sight for all who pass. The statue is a majestic representation of the Roman goddess of freedom as sculpted by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi in the form of Libertas, which at that time appeared on the seal of the French Republic and on American money. This graphic novel goes on to describe the actual process of the construction of the statue and the method by which it was shipped to the United States. Bartholdi's work was jeopardized as money became an issue, but the French people managed to raise enough funds to finish the statue. The next roadblock for the statue was its construction in America. There was not enough money to complete the huge base needed to support the statue. Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of the New York newspaper The World, was outraged that America could not complete the pedestal for the gift from the French people. He decided to ask his readers to contribute money for the pedestal and promised to publish the name of every person who donated to the statue's cause. The generosity of the American people was overwhelming and the work on the statue resumed. Today the Statue of Liberty still stands on its pedestal in New York harbor and continues to inspire people with its welcoming presence. The back matter in this graphic novel includes historical facts, a glossary, Internet sites through FactHound, a "Read More" section, a bibliography, and an index. This book is partof the "Graphic Library" series. It will appeal widely to both accomplished readers and those who need reinforcement and encouragement. The reading level is given as 4th grade, but the Interest Level is rated 3rd to 9th grade. 2006, Capstone Press, Ages 8 up.
—Sheilah Egan

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Graphic History Series
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Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Cynthia Martin has worked in comics and animation since 1983. Her credits include Star Wars, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, in addition to work as a storyboard artist for Sony Children's Entertainment and the Krislin Company. Cynthia's recent projects include an extensive series of graphic novels for Capstone Press and two issues of Blue Beetle for DC Comics. She also illustrated the book Alley of Shadows, published by Stone Arch Books.

Brent Schoonover has worked as a freelance illustrator since graduating from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2002. He has illustrated for companies such as General Mills, Best Buy, Target, and Continental Airlines. He has also worked on several graphic novels, including Horrorwood, published by Ape Entertainment in 2006, and several books by Capstone Press. Schoonover currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, two cats, and one bulldog.

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