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Title:
Liberty
Author:
Curlee, Lynn.
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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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"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.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In a treatment every bit as thorough and even more impassioned than his Rushmore, art historian and artist Curlee gives readers an exquisitely detailed behind-the-scenes look at the making of another American landmark, a gift from the French. His tribute opens with the full text of Emma Lazarus's sonnet "The New Colossus," in which she refers to Lady Liberty as the "Mother of Exiles." Curlee follows with a finely honed description of the statue itself: "She is not pretty, but she is beautiful, her features majestic and severe, her glance stern and full of concentration." He demonstrates that the biography of the statue is inextricably linked to those of two Frenchmen, douard de Laboulaye and Frdric-Auguste Bartholdi, who first envisioned a monument to be built as a memorial to American independence; more than 20 years would pass before their vision would become a reality. Curlee includes fascinating details about the political wrangling, financial difficulties (an appeal directly to the American public by Joseph Pulitzer, via his newspaper, raised the final $100,000 for the statue's pedestal) and artistic labor; he is particular adept at explaining the engineering difficulties involved in putting together and supporting a statue that soars more than 150 feet tall and weighs more than 32 tons (Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel created its ingenious iron frameworkDnine years later, he would create his famous tower). Curlee's flat acrylics, which typically position the viewer looking up at the statue from below, work to create a majestic presence for "Liberty Enlightening the World." A reverent, absorbing homage to the world-renowned symbol of American freedom. Ages 7-12. (May) (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.