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Lady Liberty

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A powerfully moving, authentic portrait of the Statue of Liberty, told through the eyes of those who created her and illustrated in glorious detail.

"Soon America will be one hundred years old. I share my dream of a birthday gift."

It begins in 1865 as a romantic idea, but ten years later Edouard Laboulaye's dream catches fire and takes shape. Sculptor Auguste Bartholdi give
Hardcover, Candlewick Biographies, 40 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by Candlewick Press
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Lady Liberty should be made into a movie. It would be totally fascinating and there could be some great drama in it right now.

This is a well done history of how we got the Statue of Liberty. The French people are an amazing people. A group of them wanted to give a gift to our country. They raised the money to build this statue for us. They felt this much toward our ideal of liberty. It’s amazing. They wanted us to raise the money for the pedestal and Americans balked at this. People made fun of
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found this book on one of our weekly trips to the library. When I saw the cover I vaguely thought a book like this might blow on the fire of my five-year-old's patriotism. She was so proud when she could say the entire "Pledge of Allegiance" on her own last year. Little did I know that I would find such a gem of a book that I would want everyone, no matter their age, to pick it up. It took ten minutes out of my life to read it, but it touched me in such a way that it felt like scripture. This ...more
Stacy Ford
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
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May 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
Good ole Pulitzer, dragging the millionaires (who wouldn't contribute to the statue's erection) through the cocoa and enlisting the readers to help, with their small change! I'm not the rah-rah patriotic sort, but stories like this are moving and show how much liberty meant to people coming to this country to us, who take it for granted having been born under it.
The process is seen also through the eyes of the visionaries and people closely involved, such as Eduard de Laboulaye and sculptor's a
Brenda Wharton
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Short story that tells about how the Statue of Liberty came to be a gift from France to the United States
This was an excellent book! Young and old can learn from this wonderful book. Beautiful illustrations. I highly recommend this one to all.
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Rappaport, Doreen. 2008. Lady Liberty A Biography. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press. ISBN 978-0-7636-2539-6.

In this collection of poems, Rappaport chronologically tells the story of the creation of Lady Liberty, from the idea’s conception to the final unveiling in New York City. Using the comments and experiences of the people involved in the making of Lady Liberty as an inspiration and starting point, Rappaport not only conveys the factual information about the history of Lady Libert
Ms. Yingling
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Told from multiple viewpoints in free verse, this slim volume covers a lot of little known and interesting facts about the design and implementation of the Statue of Liberty. Starting with Eduoard de Laboulaye, a Frenchman who wanted to thank the US, on the occasion of our 100th birthday, for setting France on their own road to independence, this book considers the points of view of workers, people who donated money, and people who saw the statue upon their arrival to the US. Accompanied with il ...more
Robert Davis
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
The story of not only the Statue of Liberty, but of those people involved with her creation, as well as the millions of immigrants whose first vision of America was Lady Liberty greeting them upon their arrival in New York Harbor. The book is told from the perspective of many. From Edouard De Laboulaye who first proposed the erection of a statue as a gift from the people of France to the citizens of The United States in celebration of the centennial of the founding of the country, to Joseph Puli ...more
Taylor Lane
This children's picture book is filled with real information about the Statue of Liberty and how it came to be. I would share this book in a history until as well since it talks about America and how it became a place for freedom for others coming into the United States looking for freedom. Since this book is based on real things that people did and said throughout history, I think that this would help grab the students attention and want to continue to read to see how other things in history pe ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
A few of the illustrations are well executed -- the one on the constructing of the left hand, the one of Pulitzer intensely focused at his typewriter, the pull-out oversized portrait of The Lady. The rest of the paintings serve their purposes -- to present a scene from the matching text.

This is a perennial popular topic, with a nice concept in the presentation: from the perspectives of certain individuals involved in the creation of the statue. I do not, however, "hear" all of their distinct vo
Rachel Dawson
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lady Liberty: A Biography is a beautifully illustrated book that would be a great addition to either a middle grade classroom library or your very own personal library. This biography is told by each person that had a part in creating, constructing, and delivering the Statue from France to the United States. The author begins by explaining about her grandfather coming to the United States and his feelings of seeing Lady Liberty for the first time. The book then goes back in time and introduces e ...more
Suzannah Thompson
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An American symbol, the Statue of Liberty is recognized by most everyone. What we find in the book are the stories of so many individuals who worked hard to make the Lady possible. Architects, journalists, artists, and poets all represent peoples of all kinds believing in something that will unify us in the new world America.

I adore this book. I got goosebumps on most pages. I loved how the author tied each person with the next to illustrate the oneness of the story.

I would use this in a classro
Apr 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read this book with tears in my eyes. The story of how Lady Liberty came to be - a gift from the French and a sculptor's life dream. The French people raising money so that it could come to fruition while America denied funds for it. Joseph Pulitzer puts a call out to Americans to send money to help with the building of the statue and Americans heed the call, a little girl even sending two chickens for Mr. Pulitzer to sell for the cause. The hope people felt upon seeing her is palpable in this ...more
Inhabiting Books
After hearing and loving the song "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears", my 7-year-old became fascinated by the Statue of Liberty and what she stands for. A book blog I love ( reviewed this book, so we checked it out from our library. So worth it! The story of how the Statue of Liberty came to be is told from the standpoint of the different people involved, and the illustrations are amazing. Geared for ages 7 and up. (My 2 year-old had no interest, and my 5 year ...more
Caitlin Harris
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lady Liberty: A Biography by Doreen Rappaport tells the story of the Statue of Liberty from many different perspectives. She tells the story through many different people who were involved in all aspects of planning or construction. This is an incredibly powerful book. The illustrations are beautiful and the creative way she tells the story is very interesting. She concludes the book with quotations from people viewing the Statue of Liberty for the first time and I found this to be particularly ...more
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Stunningly warm, intimate illustrations and eleven candid first person accounts capture the crescendo of Lady Liberty's creation, from idea to unveiling, and give us an enduring appreciation for the landmark, her creators and the many lives she has touched.

You can listen in on our chat about this book on our Just One More Book! Children's Book Podcast.
Dec 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
This has been an emotional day. I nearly bawled my eyes out watching the inauguration, and it hit me again as I opened the full page spread of Lady Liberty in Doreen's book.

Many people responsible for the statue find their words and viewpoints expressed in this book. This would be a nice choice for families planning a trip to NYC. It may even move a few cynical adults (myself included) to think again on all the good things our country represents.
Nov 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Megan by: Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee
I always knew that the Statue of Liberty was a gift to the U.S. from France, but thanks to Doreen Rappaport, I now know all the work, from so many different people that went into creating this monument. The story is told in poems, each from the point of view of a different person involved--from the designer to the construction manager, from Joseph Pulitzer to a young farm girl. Beautiful illustrations make this a book to treasure.
Janet Frost
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was preparing a fun Ipad/Non-Fiction text application for my GT students last week and grabbed this book for its cover. Once inside I was so pleased to see it was a biography of the many people involved in the creation of the Statue of Liberty. It is written in verse and carries a mass of details about the process. Dates, people, politics,structural details and personal emotions are presented in beautiful verse and gorgeous illustrations.
Christopher Lehman
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I find this unassuming book fascinating for all it is doing. Well researched, it talks across multiple perspectives (all in poems) of people who were a part of Liberty's development and construction. Illustrations are beautiful and add as much factual information as the text. A challenging text for students to read independently, I think, but one that would make a great class read aloud and study of unique ways to publish nonfiction. ...more
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lady Liberty is a beautifully illustrated story about a few of the thousands of people who contributed in some way, great or small, to make this beautiful monument and symbol of freedom come to fruition. Each page has a brief telling from the point of view of the person with the original concept, the designer, frame workers, foundation layers, fundraisers, promoters, and newly arriving immigrants. This would be a nice addition to any school or public library.
Sarah Harmon
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This fascinating book shares the "not so popular" history of how the Statue of Liberty came to be. It goes into detail talking about the different people who played a part in putting her together.
I thought this book was amazing! I love how the author put the book together! The illustrations were fascinating and really made the book come to life.
I will definitely have this book when I have my classroom! It would be perfect for a unit on American history.
A beautifully written and illustrated snapshot into the lives of some of the key players responsible for envisioning this special lady and making her a reality. Students old enough to be familiar with French and American relationships during the Revolutionary War and beyond (esp. grades 4-6) will appreciate this powerful look at all that went into her creation during the late 1800's. ...more
I read this a long time ago but neglected to log it. This is a beautifully told and illustrated account of the creation/construction of the Statue of Liberty. It's told in alternating free verse and more advanced, in-depth background notes, so both independent readers and young listeners can enjoy it. ...more
McKenna Crimmins
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: eled-412, biography
This book would be a great book to use while teaching about the history of our country. Because Lady Liberty is an item that most students know or have already heard about, I thought it was a good book to fully explain how the statue of Liberty came about to live in New York. This history is very interesting and it not necessarily common knowledge which means there would be new information to learn. To know how it was built and how it was given to the United States is something I believe everyon ...more
Oct 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: CapCh7-10
A moving tribute to the Statue of Liberty and to those who worked hard to create her and deliver her to the US. Rappaport's "biography" of Lady Liberty is in verse form from the points of view of many of the people involved in her "birth," including: Edouard de Laboulaye, who conceived of her, Auguste Bartholdi, who created her, Gustave Eiffel, who built the structure to hold her, Joseph Pulitzer, who enlisted the financial aid of over 100,000 Americans when Congress refused to contribute to her ...more
Taril Slater
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edr-653
Lady Liberty by Doreen Rappaport is a poetic biography about the Statue of Liberty. The biography discusses the people involved in creating the statue and the significance it played in American history. I enjoyed the book because of its poetic substance. I am a fan of poetry and feel that poetry can draw an individual into reading and understanding. The biography also information that was otherwise unknown of before reading about the statue of liberty. It makes you understand more than just sayi ...more
Jan 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
From the dinner that spawned the idea, to the impact that “the Lady” had on many immigrants this book traces everything in between in first person stories/poems from famous historical figures like Joseph Pulitzer and “unknowns” like little Florence De Foreest that send her pet roosters to earn money for the Statue. This is a great example of how a picture book can be appropriate for older and/or more sophisticated readers. Knowing a bit about the Statue of Liberty lets the reader take in much mo ...more
Melissa Newton
Rappaport, D., & Tavares, M. (2008). Lady Liberty: A biography. Cambridge, Mass: Candlewick Press.

Citation By: Melissa Binggeli

Reference Type: Biography

Call Number: 974.7

Description: The book is told from multiple view points from people who had a hand in the creation of the statue of liberty.

Review:Santangelo, M. (2008). Lady Liberty: A Biography. Horn Book Magazine, 84(4), 471.

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Doreen Rappaport has written many books of fiction and nonfiction for young readers, specializing in thoroughly researched multicultural history, historical fiction, retellings of folktales and myths, and stories of those she calls the "not-yet-celebrated." Among her recent books is Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Bryan Collier, which received a Caldecot ...more

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