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Title:
Liberty
Author:
Curlee, Lynn.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
41 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 32 cm
Summary:
Discusses all the planning and efforts that went into the construction of one of the most famous symbols of the United States, the Statue of Liberty.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
NC 1190 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.5 1.0 39875.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.9 4 Quiz: 22007 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780689828232
Format :
Book

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Summary

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."

These famous words mark the pedestal of the most colossal metal statue ever made, and perhaps the most famous and beloved sculpture in the world: the Statue of Liberty. Lifting her torch high above the waters of New York Harbor, Lady Liberty has welcomed generations of people seeking freedom and a better way of life in America.

Lynn Curlee has created a testimony to this monument as breathtaking as Lady Liberty herself in this inspiring account of the statue's history. Curlee traces the evolution of the statue's design and details the monumental feat of its construction. The French sculptor Bartholdi was commissioned to design the giant statue, which was to commemorate the first one hundred years of American independence and the friendship between France and the United States. Liberty was assembled in puzzlelike copper segments suspended from a system of iron girders. On a cloudy day in 1886, Lady Liberty's awesome face was unveiled at last. And in 1986, for the occasion of her centennial celebration, she was treated to an extensive renovation, so that the light of Liberty might continue to enlighten the world.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a starred review, PW called this "an exquisitely detailed behind-the-scenes look at the making of an American landmark. A reverent, absorbing homage to the world-renowned symbol of American freedom." Ages 7-12. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-8-As he did in Rushmore (Scholastic, 1999), Curlee again focuses his attention on one of the nation's better-known national monuments-in this case, the Statue of Liberty. This slim volume, done in a large picture-book format, presents a history of the origin, construction, and eventual restoration of "the most colossal metal statue ever made." The author often refers to Lady Liberty as a living, breathing being. For example, on page one he writes, "She is not pretty, but she is beautiful, her features majestic and severe, her glance stern and full of concentration," and later, "But, like freedom itself, she cannot be taken for granted; the great lady must be loved and cared for." Overall, the text is readable and most engaging when surveying the technical difficulties and craftsmanship involved in the making of such a huge sculpture. Particularly noteworthy are Curlee's richly hued, stylized acrylic paintings, which are both compellingly dramatic and strikingly static. A list of "Specifications" such as height, weight, and cost; a "Timeline" documenting important events from 1865 to 1986; and a brief bibliography are appended. Similar in format to Betsy Maestro's The Story of the Statue of Liberty (Lothrop, 1986), but more suited to older readers, this title is one that most libraries will want to own.-Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schools (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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