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Lady Liberty

A Biography

Doreen Rappaport, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)


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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (8/5/2014)
Hardcover (5/13/2008)
Hardcover (8/5/2014)
Prebound (5/10/2011)


"Tributes to the Statue of Liberty abound, but this stands out for its unusual approach and powerful illustrations." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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

Praise For Lady Liberty: A Biography

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

Candlewick, 9780763653019, 40pp.

Publication Date: May 10, 2011

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