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"A friendly reminder of how America can be at its best." – Entertainment Weekly
If you had to name a statue, any statue, odds are good you'd mention the Statue of Liberty.
Have you seen her?
She's in New York.
She's holding a torch.
And she's in mid-stride, moving forward.
In this fascinating and fun take on nonfiction, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America's most emblematic statue. What they find is about more than history, more than art. What they find in the Statue of Liberty's right foot is the powerful message of acceptance that is essential of an entire country's creation.
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of the Year
A 2018 Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book
A Junior Library Guild selection
Seven Starred Reviews
"In a time when immigration is a hot-button issue, it's good to be reminded that Lady Liberty continues to lift her lamp beside the golden door." – Booklist, starred review
"Thought-provoking." – Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"A timely immigrant's tale." – Shelf Awareness, starred review
"Crucial." – Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Heartfelt throughout and indisputable timely." – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Unique and important." – School Library Journal, starred review
"Vital." – School Library Connection, starred review
"As enlightening as it is charming." – The New York Times
"Witty, moving." – The Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Dave Eggers is the author of many books, including This Bridge Will Not Be Gray, The Circle, and A Hologram for the King. He is the cofounder of: Voice of Witness, an oral-history series focused on human-rights crises; 826 National, a network of writing and tutoring centers; and ScholarMatch, which connects donors and under-resourced students to make college possible.
Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives and works in Morongo Valley, California. This is his first book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a fabulous children’s book! I will start off by saying that the pages in this informational book are thick and they feel like they will last for many years. I enjoyed the busy, colorful illustrations that feature many diverse individuals. It is a wonderful novel that gives its readers interesting and fun facts while conveying to its readers the story of the Statue of Liberty. I have yet to see the Statue of Liberty. I think after everything I have seen, read and heard about her, I would be in awe just to be set my eyes on her. After reading this beautiful novel, she still amazes me! There is so much to love about her but I have always loved the symbolism of the chains that are around the bottom of her and the concept that it was a gift. A gift to the U.S of A. In this novel, the author tells us about the Frenchman who came up with the idea and how he found a designer to help him. There is talk about the models of the statue and how the skin of the final version is the thickness of two pennies (which to me, is not very thick). I thought the inventor of the skeleton for the statue was interesting. Assembling a team, they construct the statue in Paris and it stays erect for about a year before the whole team has to dissemble her to ship her off to the U.S. of A. In 214 crates, the copper statue was packed away and it took over a year to put her back together. I liked how the author talked about how the statue turned green over time. There is a lot of information in this text, a lot of great facts that’s interesting and entertaining. So, what is so interesting about her right foot, hence the title of the book? You need to look at the back of her right foot. What do you see? What do you think this symbolizes? Everyone talks about her tablet, her gown, her crown but have you noticed that right foot? I hadn’t given it any thought until I read this book and now, it’s another great reason to love her and what she symbolizes. A fantastic read and a novel that I would love to own.
As a middle school English teacher I always found value in using picture books in the classroom. Middle school students aren’t too old to be read to, and mine always enjoyed gathering around as I read and shared the stories and illustrations in many picture books. Both the subject matter and the fact that Her Right Foot was written by acclaimed author Dave Eggers drew me to this book. The story shares lots of facts about one of our most famous American icons that inform readers who know little of the statue’s history and provides others with lesser-known details. I found the tone and illustrations quirky - in a way that I know middle school students love. The eventual focus on the right foot of the title is something I never noticed or thought about. The symbolism there is the focus of the final pages of this book. I wanted a stronger closing for this book, though; I turned the last page expecting to read more. It’s hard to ignore the current political maelstrom concerning immigration while reading this book. It reminds an older reader of, or shares with a young reader, the hope and welcome that the Statue of Liberty extends to immigrants arriving on our eastern shores. This timeliness makes Her Right Foot an excellent book to share with readers of all ages. Thanks to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.