The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

by Lisa M. Herrington

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
The history and meaning of the Statue of Liberty is described in simple terms for young readers to understand in this title from the “Rookie Read About American Symbols” series. Photographs and illustrations with brief narrative throughout the book first tell why the statue is a symbol of freedom. It explains how the statue was a gift from France and includes a portrait of its French designer. There is a chapter on “Building the Statue” that shows the factory where it was made, the strong frame covered with copper, and how it was packed in 214 boxes to be shipped on a boat to America. A chapter about the symbols of the statue discusses the special meanings of the different sections such as the torch and the broken chains. Parts of the poem by Emma Lazarus that are written on the pedestal are included. A timeline follows events from 1875 to 2013 when it was opened again after being closed due to Hurricane Sandy. An illustration with labels displays more interesting facts. There is a table of contents, a glossary, and an index. “Fun Facts” in boxes in each chapter give additional information. This small book is a good social studies resource for classrooms and libraries. Independent readers may be able to read this with some vocabulary help. Reviewer: Vicki Foote; Ages 5 to 8.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—A clean, crisp design and a plain, accessible writing style characterize this series. Every feature is designed with the youngest readers in mind: books feature one short paragraph per page, printed in a large, sans serif font. For all its simplicity, the text is remarkably informative ("Lady Liberty stands 305 feet (93 meters) tall. That is as high as a 22-story building. At the time, it was the tallest statue in the world."). Throughout each volume, blue-limned sidebars feature "Fun Facts" ("The White House is the only home of a country's leader that is regularly open to the public."). The illustrations are plentiful, colorful, and captioned. An ideal series for newly independent readers.

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C. Press/F. Watts Trade
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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