Lady Liberty: a biography

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Candlewick Press,
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1st ed.
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.
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Level 4.8, 0.5 Points
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AD: Adult Directed 760L
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Grouping Title lady liberty
Grouping Author rappaport doreen
Grouping Category book
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display_description Describes the sculpture of the "Statue of Liberty" who came by boat from France to New York City and reassembled there. Uses a poetic form to provide details on her creation by the sculpture, the engineer, the newspaper publisher, the poet and many others. Also discusses its impact on immigrants coming from countries were freedom did not exist, and is accompanied by unique illustrations.
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subject_facet New York (N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc, New York (N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Juvenile literature, Statue of Liberty (New York, N.Y.), Statue of Liberty (New York, N.Y.) -- History, Statue of Liberty (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- Juvenile literature, Statue of Liberty (New York, N.Y.) -- Juvenile literature
title_display Lady Liberty : a biography
title_full Lady Liberty : a biography / Doreen Rappaport ; illustrated by Matt Tavares
title_short Lady Liberty :
title_sub a biography
topic_facet Buildings, structures, etc, History, Statue of Liberty (New York, N.Y.)