Liberty Arrives: How America’s Grandest Statue Found Her Home

By: Robert Byrd

America’s most iconic national symbol was a gift from France to the United States—provided America raised the money for the pedestal on which it was to stand. Urged on by the publisher Joseph Pulitzer, it was raised, largely with the help of children, in the first example of a crowd sourced fundraising campaign. This book tells the story of the best gift ever: how it was designed, created, transported, and then finally erected on its pedestal in the entrance to New York Harbor. Readable text is enhanced with illustrations chock full of historical detail in Bob Byrd’s light-hearted, witty style.

Statue of Liberty measurements. Time line. Further information about the statue and the historical figures mentioned in the book, with photographs. Author’s note. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations were created using ink-line, watercolor, and colored inks.

ISBN: 9780735230828

JLG Release: Aug 2019


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Topics: Paris, France , Nineteenth-century history , Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi (1834–1904) , Statue of Liberty , New York City , National monuments , Buildings and structures , Joseph Pulitzer (1847–1911) , Emma Lazarus (1849–1887)

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

As a national emblem of America’s immigrant history, the Statue of Liberty holds a special place in the country’s cultural identity. From idea to implementation, Byrd tells the miraculous story of Lady Liberty and how her existence almost didn’t happen. Meant to be a gift to the United States for its centennial celebration, she was the brainc As a national emblem of America’s immigrant history, the Statue of Liberty holds a special place in the country’s cultural identity. From idea to implementation, Byrd tells the miraculous story of Lady Liberty and how her existence almost didn’t happen. Meant to be a gift to the United States for its centennial celebration, she was the brainchild of a French judge and a young sculptor, but it took a full 21 years to make the grand plan a reality. Lengthy text and ink and watercolor illustrations work together to thoroughly describe everything from the early stages of planning to the complicated construction of the actual statue. Byrd’s narrative makes clear just how many people, including everyday Americans, were involved in supporting the project’s installment. Colorful artwork, many with inset details, make for a visually interesting read with plenty to pore over and discuss. Back matter includes a time line, a diagram of the statue with measurement details, and a helpful bibliography. Short bios include some of the more prominent Americans who were vital to the final construction of the statue. While there are a number of titles on this topic, this one offers a unique and valuable perspective and will have a place on most library shelves. Report writers will find this engaging and accessible.

Horn Book

Byrd (Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner for Electric Ben, rev. 11/12) approaches his topic as systematically and artistically as did the Statue of Liberty’s sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, carefully detailing the whos, whats, wheres, whens, whys, and hows behind the statue’s inception and throughout its construction, installat Byrd (Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner for Electric Ben, rev. 11/12) approaches his topic as systematically and artistically as did the Statue of Liberty’s sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, carefully detailing the whos, whats, wheres, whens, whys, and hows behind the statue’s inception and throughout its construction, installation, and beyond. The text thoroughly explains each chronological step in the process, giving equal weight to technical details and the personalities of those involved (for example, Laboulaye, the America-loving Frenchman who first conceived of the gift, “talked about the country all the time. America this. America that”). Each spread advances the larger narrative while providing specific details about various parts of the story, with frequent changes in setting and date marked with easy-to-follow design elements. Byrd expands his superbly detailed watercolor and ink illustrations by inserting telescopic circles that magnify details, such as the composition of the crowd that welcomes Lady Liberty when she arrives in New York. Concluding with a dramatic vertical, double-page portrait of the statue and appended with a timeline, additional information, a diagram illustrating scale, an author’s note, and a bibliography, this expansive book is as impressive as its subject. Read alongside Rappaport and Tavares’s exemplary Lady Liberty (rev. 7/08).

Book Details

ISBN

9780735230828

First Release

August 2019

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

974.7

Trim Size

12" x 9"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 900L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Dial

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Paris, France, Nineteenth-century history, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi (1834–1904), Statue of Liberty, New York City, National monuments, Buildings and structures, Joseph Pulitzer (1847–1911), Emma Lazarus (1849–1887),

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