Lady Liberty - A Biography
Illustrated By: Matt Tavares
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Lady Liberty - A Biography

Illustrated By: Matt Tavares
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This beautiful book traces the story of the creation of the Statute of Liberty from the first-person perspective of those who worked on her-from Edouard De Laboulaye's initial idea, to Auguste Bartholdi's sculpting, to Emma Lazarus' poem, to Pulitzer's editorials urging Americans to give, and even the little children who wrote in with their pennies and roosters. Poetic text and striking, atmospheric illustrations provide different perspectives on the long journey from idea to beacon of liberty. 40 pages, softcover with fold-out large picture of Lady Liberty. Ages 7-10.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 40
Vendor: Random House
Dimensions: 10.4 X 8.7 (inches)
ISBN: 0763653012
ISBN-13: 9780763653019
Ages: 7-10

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A powerfully moving, authentic portrait of the Statue of Liberty, told through the eyes of those who created her and illustrated in glorious detail.

"Soon America will be one hundred years old. I share my dream of a birthday gift."

It begins in 1865 as a romantic idea, but ten years later Édouard Laboulaye’s dream catches fire and takes shape. Sculptor Auguste Bartholdi gives the dream the form of a lady, holding a torch to "enlighten the world." Engineers, plasterers, carpenters, coppersmiths — many of them immigrants — work together to turn the lady into a monument over 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 historically accurate, poetic vignettes and Matt Tavares’s magnificent images remind us of the true 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.

Author Bio

Doreen Rappaport has written many books for young readers, including an acclaimed trilogy about the African-American experience: NO MORE!, FREE AT LAST!, and NOBODY GONNA TURN ME 'ROUND, all illustrated by Shane W. Evans. She is also the author of MARTIN'S BIG WORDS: THE LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., illustrated by Bryan Collier. She lives in Copake Falls, New York.

Matt Tavares is the illustrator of IRON HANS: A GRIMMS' FAIRY TALE, retold by Stephen Mitchell; JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, retold by E. Nesbit; and 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. He has also written and illustrated three books inspired by baseball: MUDBALL, OLIVER'S GAME, and ZACHARY'S BALL. Matt Tavares lives in Ogunquit, Maine.

Editorial Reviews

Rappaport uses a literary device that gives the writing a satisfying emotional immediacy…modest voices enlarge the narrative and, at the same time, make it more intimate…Tavares creates images with a pageantlike grandeur.
—New York Times Book Review

Heartfelt…adds up to a stirring reminder of what Lady Liberty stands for.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Large in scale and monumental in effect.
—Booklist (starred review)

A reverent and passionate portrait.
—San Francisco Chronicle

Spectacular picture book…stunning.
—The Buffalo News

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