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Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty



by
Linda Glaser
illustrated by
Claire A. Nivola

Edition
-
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Imprint
Houghton Mifflin
ISBN
9780547171845

Awards and Honors
2011 Sydney Taylor Honor Award for Younger Readers
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Easy Reading

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . . Before Emma Lazarus wrote the final lines to her poem, the Statue of Liberty was known only as a gift of friendship from France to the United States. As Lazurus's words grew famous and stirred the nation, the statue came to be seen as the mother of immigrants, her torch a lamp held out to welcome them. Further reading. Author's note. Reproduction of "The New Colossus." Image of Emma Lazarus. Full-color illustrations in watercolor and gouache.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

7 3/4" x 11"

Dewey

811/.4

AR

5.5: points 0.5

Lexile

AD720L

Genre

Nonfiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2010

Book Genres


Topics

Emma Lazarus (1849-1887). Statue of Liberty. New York City. Nineteenth-century American poets. Women social reformers. Jews. Immigrants. Poverty.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine*, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

Junior Library Guild


• Free verse clearly, succinctly, and movingly introduces readers to a lesser-known but important woman in American history.
• Claire A. Nivola’s paintings display remarkable specificity. The faces, fabrics, and backgrounds are all thoughtfully detailed in lovely compositions that evoke both time and place.
• An inspiring example of the power of the written word and how one individual can make a difference.
• Stellar book-making, from the inclusion of the facsimile of Emma Lazarus’s handwritten poem on the endpapers to the clean design to the photographs of the author’s and illustrator’s immigrant ancestors that adorn the jacket flap.

Horn Book

Glaser's account of how Emma Lazarus came to write her iconic poem is brief, yet telling--especially when complemented by Nivola's eloquent illustrations. Her rectilinear compositions and poses; generalized figures; and bright, limited palette capture New York City's opulent upper crust and the indigent yet dignified newcomers with equal skill. An author's note and the text of the poem are appended.

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild


• Free verse clearly, succinctly, and movingly introduces readers to a lesser-known but important woman in American history.
• Claire A. Nivola’s paintings display remarkable specificity. The faces, fabrics, and backgrounds are all thoughtfully detailed in lovely compositions that evoke both time and place.
• An inspiring example of the power of the written word and how one individual can make a difference.
• Stellar book-making, from the inclusion of the facsimile of Emma Lazarus’s handwritten poem on the endpapers to the clean design to the photographs of the author’s and illustrator’s immigrant ancestors that adorn the jacket flap.

Horn Book

Glaser's account of how Emma Lazarus came to write her iconic poem is brief, yet telling--especially when complemented by Nivola's eloquent illustrations. Her rectilinear compositions and poses; generalized figures; and bright, limited palette capture New York City's opulent upper crust and the indigent yet dignified newcomers with equal skill. An author's note and the text of the poem are appended.

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