Lady Liberty: A Biography

Lady Liberty: A Biography


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"Tributes to the Statue of Liberty abound, but this stands out for its unusual approach and powerful illustrations." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

It begins in 1865 as a romantic idea, but ten years later Édouard Laboulaye’s dream catches fire. Sculptor Auguste Bartholdi gives the dream the form of a lady, holding a torch to "enlighten the world." Engineers, plasterers, carpenters, and coppersmiths work together to turn the lady into a monument more than 100 feet tall. Joseph Pulitzer calls on readers to help fund a pedestal, and hundreds send in nickels, dimes, and even roosters for the cause. Doreen Rappaport’s poetic vignettes and Matt Tavares’s magnificent images remind us of the origins of a national symbol — and show that it took a lot of people to make the Lady. Back matter includes statue dimensions, a time line, an author note, an illustrator note, sources, and suggestions for further reading.

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ISBN-13: 9780763653019
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 05/10/2011
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 456,920
Product dimensions: 8.81(w) x 10.63(h) x 0.19(d)
Lexile: AD760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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Lady Liberty 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
pataustin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's not often one reads a biography of a sculpture but Rappaport details here in poetic verse the people involved in the 21-year journey from idea to statue. Magnificent paintings accompany the poetic sketches of Auguste Bartholdi, the sculptor, Marie Simon, Bartholdi's assistant (I love that she gives credit to a woman -- often not done in the art world, Emma Lazarus, poet and more.
D.Holliman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found the book visually appealing and the text was very interesting. I think that students would enjoy this book. Rappaport presented the information through the thoughts of several individuals giving the reader a broader understanding of the amount of people who had connections to the creation of the statue of Liberty. She also provides the reader with suggestions for further reading if the would like to learn more.
tnelson725 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This biography tells the idea and preparation of Lady Liberty and includes quotes from immigrants who explain what they felt when they first saw the statue. The story is told in free-verse poetry and includes expressions of Batholdi, who designed her, Lazarus, who wrote the words on her base, Pulitzer, who raised money, and others who were important to the making the Statue of Liberty possible. The author¿s grandfather even has a quote included describing the significance of the statue to him and when he immigrated it to America. I learned from this book that the Statue of Liberty was originally called Bedloe's Island! I thought that a lot of the information was really interesting.For the classroom, I would ask students if they know when their family came to America or if they have been here the whole time. I would include a lesson of diversity and state how that is what makes America so important and strong.
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lady Liberty is a biography of a national monument, a history of the myriad of people and events necessary to create one of the modern world¿s most recognized symbols of freedom. Each ¿chapter¿ of this picture book consists of a short vignette about a person, related in some way to the Statue of Liberty. The vignettes are typeset like poetry, in narrow columns on the edge of the page, the illustrations receiving the majority of attention. Rappaport begins the book with a piece about herself, had her grandfather not told her stories of his flight from Latvia and his admiration for ¿The Lady,¿ the book would not have been written. From herself, Rappaport continues on from Edouard De Laboulaye, who first envisioned the gift to America to common Americans who donated pennies, nickels, dimes and even roosters (!) to raise money for the statue¿s great base. Rappaport profiles poet Emma Lazarus (¿bring be your tired, your poor, ¿¿), sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, assistant Marie Simon, engineer Gustave Eiffel, construction supervisor Charles P. Stone, publisher Joseph Pulitzer, and journalist José Martí. Each story is written simply and majestically,She wears a flowing robeLike the ancient goddess Libertas.Her right foot is raised.Liberty walks.Freedom never stands still.A broken shackle and chain lie near her feet.American broke the links of slaveryTo fulfill its promise of equality for all.The watercolor, ink and pencil illustrations are all double spreads, with the exception of one lengthwise foldout of the completed statue after its initial unveiling, resplendent in its original copper coloring. Tavares¿ illustrations are as varied as the scenes which they depict, a grim immigrant working to dig the massive hole for the statue¿s foundation, a serious Joseph Pulitzer in his darkened office writing editorials to embarrass the nation¿s elite into giving financial support for the statue¿s installation, an enthusiastic New Jersey farm girl racing after the rooster she plans to donate to the cause of Lady Liberty. Completing the book are remembrances from individual immigrants, dimensions of the statue, important events and dates, author¿s and illustrator¿s notes, and resources.A beautiful book.
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This is a book for all ages. While everyone knows about the Statue of Liberty, few know the story of how she came to be. It is simply and well written; full of interesting facts about Lady Liberty and the people who conceived and executed her. In today's climate, it is a powerful reminder that America is a land of immigrants, old and new, who yearned to be free and to have the opportunity to build a good life for themselves and their families
A-Libearian More than 1 year ago
It was fun to read about this subject. The pictures are wonderful! The text is just right for children. I learned a lot from this book, too! It is easy to understand and brings to light many under-reported facts for readers. No wonder it was nominated for the 2009-10 Texas Bluebonnet book award!