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Statue of Liberty (Wonders of America Series)

Statue of Liberty (Wonders of America Series)

by Marion Dane Bauer, John Wallace (Illustrator)

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For many years the Statue of Liberty was the first American sight for many immigrants. Read on to find out how she came to stand in New York Harbor.


For many years the Statue of Liberty was the first American sight for many immigrants. Read on to find out how she came to stand in New York Harbor.

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Children's Literature
Written for children just beginning to read, this nonfiction book in the “Wonders of America,” “Ready-to-Read” series tells a brief story of the Statue of Liberty in simple sentences. Most pages contain only one sentence. Readers first find out where the statue is located, and that “she holds the torch high to welcome all who come to the United States.” There is some information about the sculptor, the reason France gave the statue to our country, how we built the pedestal, and how school children raised money by saving their nickels and dimes to help pay for the pedestal. One illustration shows how the statue is made from sheets of copper wrapped around a steel sculpture. Clear and simple illustrations should help children understand the text. A page for adults at the end of the story gives additional facts about the statue. It includes the poem, “The New Colossus,” which was added to the wall of the pedestal. The short text provides much educational information, and the subject should be interesting for beginning readers. Reviewer: Vicki Foote

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Wonders of America Series
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Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Marion Dane Bauer is the author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book On My Honor and the New York Times bestseller My Mother Is Mine. Her other titles include A Mama for Owen, If You Were Born a Kitten, Grandmother’s Song, and Thank You for Me! She has retired from the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults where she was the first Faculty Chair. She lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and can be reached at MarionDaneBauer.com.

John Wallace’s formal training was not in illustration, but rather theology, which he received at Cambridge University. However, he always loved drawing, and one of his early jobs was as a newspaper cartoonist. In his children’s books illustrations, John is particularly inspired by what he calls “the gooniness” of young school children. John and his family divide their time between Brighton, England, and Long Island, New York.

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