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Drummond, Allan.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Frances Foster Books, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Describes the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty and its importance as a symbol of freedom.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 58878.
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A symbol of freedom -- the Statue of Liberty Here is the story of the exciting day in 1886 when the Statue of Liberty was unveiled to the world. A small boy stands at the foot of the statue, ready to relay a signal to its creator way up in Liberty's crown, telling him it is time. As anticipation builds, the boy describes the bustling scene in the harbor and on the island -- all of New York waiting, including two hundred women suffragists and the President of the United States. In detailed vignettes we see the construction of the statue in France, its voyage to America, and its installation in New York Harbor. Through rhythmic, evocative prose and energetic pen-and-wash illustrations, we are made to feel the excitement of those gathered to see Liberty's face for the first time, and to remember all that she represents.

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Booklist Review

Ages 6-9. Using a bright, clear palette awash with red, white, and blue, Drummond tells the story of October 28, 1886, the day the Statue of Liberty was first unveiled in New York harbor. A boy, whose name is now lost, is on the ground, ready to signal Bartholdi, the statue's sculptor, to release the tricolor veil that covers the Lady of Liberty's face. It is the boy who describes the scene: the pouring rain; the huge crowd of men (the only women permitted on the island were the sculptor's wife and daughter); and the boatload of suffragists who asked how Liberty could be portrayed as female when women were denied the vote. This is an unusual offering. Drummond takes a kernel of history --a boy chosen to signal the sculptor--and turns it into both a thoughtful lesson and a visual pageant. Scenes of the construction of France's gift to the U.S. are shown in finely wrought, energetic, pen-and-wash images that swirl through the text, offering something new and exciting at every turn of the page. The boy knows what the Lady stands for, too: «Freedom is like a flame we must . . . keep burning bright.» GraceAnne DeCandido.

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a starred review, PW wrote, "Pen-and-wash illustrations so lively they seem to dance on the page animate a story of the 1886 dedication of the Statue of Liberty." Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-On October 28, 1886, the sculptor Frdric Auguste Bartholdi unveiled his magnificent statue "Liberty Enlightening the World." Legend has it that a boy was supposed to signal Bartholdi, but for some unknown reason, the signal was lost and the rope was pulled prematurely. Drummond uses this snippet of history as the framework for his recounting of this exciting day. Through the eyes of this boy, readers see it all: the pouring rain; the boats full of suffragettes protesting a female Statue of Liberty when they themselves were not allowed to vote; the sea of red, white, and blue flags, both French and American. Drummond is meticulous regarding historical details, right down to the correct name (Magnolia) for the paddle-wheeling ferryboat that took the most esteemed visitors to the island. The bright and busy watercolor illustrations dance with energy and effectively capture both period and mood. At the end of the tale, the author becomes a bit preachy ("We are free-and we must help others to be free-") but this is a minor distraction in an otherwise nicely done book. Paired with Betsy and Giulio Maestro's The Story of the Statue of Liberty (Lothrop, 1986), Liberty! serves as an excellent introduction to one of our national treasures and the spirit it embodies.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.