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Her Right Foot

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  3,451 ratings  ·  762 reviews
If you had to name a statue, any statue, odds are good you'd mention the Statue of Liberty. Have you seen her?

She's in New York.
She's holding a torch.
And she's in mid-stride, moving forward.
But why?
In this fascinating, fun take on nonfiction, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America's most emblematic statue. What they find is about mor
Hardcover, 104 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Chronicle Books
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Elyse  Walters
.....FOR young CHILDREN ... ( and students of life of all ages)

Dave Eggers and illustrator Shawn Harris created an awesome children’s book of the Statue of Liberty in mid-stride....and all that she symbolizes.

“The lady was on the move”......
“walking out to sea to light the way for those coming to our shores”.....

The symbol of America is *welcome* our lady is doing!

Dave Eggers book expresses love - tolerance- curiosity- teaching our children to be brave and what our c
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The history and symbolism of The Statue of Liberty including a special look at her right foot! Written in a conversational style that keeps you turning the pages to learn more. A great read!
A charming picture book about one of the United States’ most recognizable landmarks. The Statue of Liberty has many symbolic features, but it’s her right foot that captures author Dave Egger's imagination. She's perpetually in motion! Where is she going? Where has she been?

This book made my heart swell! The conversational style makes it fun to read aloud. The first half is filled with fun facts about the Statue of Liberty, many that were new to me. I loved the paper collage style on many of the
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Consider your country, America. Consider what our teachers have been charged to do. Facing a future where the children of America are inadequate in the realm of nonfiction, our educators have been told to get them to read more factual fare. And slowly, not overnight but within just a few years, nonfiction trade publications for kids have become more and more interesting. The trickle down effect to children’s librarians (who love the literature but have only come into the briefest contact with te ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A delightful examination of this symbol of freedom, how she came to be and what she stands for, a nonfiction book aimed at children with a powerful message and deeper meaning. Timely and important topics that open up conversations with children (and this adult learned a thing or two as well).

Eggers, who founded 826NYC a nonprofit that ‘empowers students to write their own paths forward, undefined by circumstance,’ shows he puts his efforts where his heart lies and gets special kudos from me for
Jon Nakapalau
Fantastic book about this iconic symbol that will leave both children (and adults) with questions about where we are going as a nation.
Dave Schaafsma
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
An illustrated book with a small but important perspective on Lady Liberty, that you can tell by looking for her right foot that she is not passively waiting, but moving forward, moving to the sea to welcome those in greatest need of refuge. The delivery of the non-fiction text is like other Eggers's books for young people, not really so much a story but more like Uncle Dave talking about the statue (which was a gift from France and assembled there first), and telling us not to just visit it and ...more
The story of the Statue of Liberty is vitally important - now more than ever. As our country becomes progressively closed off from the rest of the world, as our country moves deeper into the heart of xenophobia (thanks, Supreme Court, for backing a racist, anti-Muslim ban!) - we need to remember what our country stands (stood?) for.

We are a country of immigrants. Immigrants, incidentally, who stole the land from natives, but that's a different story.

So we need a book that looks behind us but a
The illustrations are beautiful and engaging and the message of the book is important and well-communicated, but the voice was off to me. It doesn't read like a book for children and I found some of the humorous asides off-putting and strange. ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Wow. This book. One for laughs and facts and cries. One for inspiring readers to be on the move for making a welcoming place.
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note: My copy has 57 pages. I don't think the number listed on GR is accurate.

This is a lovely tribute to immigrants, with whimsical artwork (appreciate the diversity too) and a very easy to follow/sincere tone.

And being a history nerd, it was neat to learn more about the Statue of Liberty's creation and Emma Lazarus' superb and powerful poem!

The messages of this book are still so relevant, but easily (and unfortunately) forgotten. Books like Her Right Foot give me hope for the future.
Sara Grochowski
In Her Right Foot, Eggers introduces readers to the engaging history of the Statue of Liberty, from her origins in France, her long journey to the United States, and eventual home on Ellis Island. Facts told in colloquial, declarative statements build to a thoughtful look at Lady Liberty's right foot, which rises as if in motion. Where is she going?, Eggers wonders. His theory that she, remembering her immigrant roots, yearns to meet those seeking asylum is moving and memorable. A must for reade ...more
Destinee Sutton
The narrator of this book talks directly to the reader: "Did you know that the Statue of Liberty comes from France? This is true. This is a factual book." The book sort of meanders through lesser known facts about the Statue of Liberty, all very amusing.

Then about halfway through, the narrator confesses, "...there is one thing you might not know, and this is the central point to this book -- a point the author apologizes for taking so long to get to." The point is apparent from the title. It's
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An important book to have in every library, this book breathes new life into a statue that many of us may have taken for granted. Eggers conversational style reaches out to every reader, reminding them of what they might already know and then giving them new information (and apologizing that it takes him a while to get there). The illustrations are equally engaging, simple and active, bright colors, peopled in all aspects of the creation and admiration of the statue. But what is most important i ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
holy moly this book!!
Gary Anderson
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers is mostly a history of The Statue of Liberty that begins with humor and ends with an important message about America and immigrants. Some of the background is familiar, which Eggers acknowledges, but there are also some surprises. In fact, there is one big surprise involving something important about the statue’s right foot. The narration builds a positive relationship by directly addressing a reader, sometimes teasingly, sometimes with compliments. This pays off at ...more
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! Eggers introduces readers to the engaging history of the Statue of Liberty, including something that I had never heard before: the Statue of Liberty is in mid-stride!! I DID NOT KNOW THIS!!! What does this mean? It's significance? "The symbol of America is a symbol of welcome. It's a woman in a robe walking out to sea, to light the way for those coming to our shores." -Dave Eggers
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Great point to bring up; many good historical tidbits for child readers. Nice illustration style. Unfortunately--annoying, almost condescending, text.
My book has Shawn Harris clearly listed as illustrator. Not sure why Goodreads thinks otherwise.
Julie Guzzetta
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So great! What a fun concept (definitely something I didn't know)! And the illustrations are perfect for the telling of the story. I loved this! ...more
Dana Stabenow
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Delightfully told, delightfully illustrated, and I've met her in person and I never noticed, more shame to me. ...more
Sandy Brehl
This is a remarkable book on many levels. The retro art and palette, the pacing and integration of complex information, the depth of content presented in accessible conversational style, and the ultimate conclusion combine to make this an ideal book for middle grade readers. Second person direct address voice is difficult to find in quality books, and this one does it with flair. There is an ironic, nearly snarky, tone, but one that doesn't overdo the effort. The span from the creation era throu ...more
There are many things that I love about being a librarian. One is that I get to read lots of new books. Another is that I am always learning new things. For example, did you know that Lady Liberty is actually walking? I didn't. And I've visited her - seen her in person. I knew a lot of the information David Eggers shares with us in this book - but there were new things that I did not know. And things I would like to learn. I would like to see a picture of Lady Liberty before she turned green in ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was so much better than I anticipated. Yes the book is heavy on the history of Lady Liberty but it does so with cheek and sass. But the story changes halfway to focus specifically on her right foot, and how she is preparing to walk away. But where is she walking? To welcome new people to this land. The story focuses on her symbolism a friend to immigrants. As a lighthouse for those seeking a new future. A fantastic book that is the perfect lesson on who this country was and what our forefat ...more
Check out this extra-long nonfiction picture book (by Dave Eggers; art by Shawn Harris) for some emotional, thought-provoking Statue of Liberty trivia. Another great title for an immigration/refugee booklist. Eggers' tone is reminiscent of Lemony Snicket. (One thing I learned: being copper, the statue started out brown, and was brown for at least 35 years, not fully oxidizing into her familiar blue-green until 1920. Wow!) ...more
Jordan Henrichs
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a unique take on a nonfiction picture book. The focus of this story, the Statue of Liberty's right foot, is so original and when I arrived at the narrator's "central point," I was speechless. The final page and text, is powerful. The artwork is fun and engaging and compliments the narrator's somewhat snarky tone. ...more
Colona Public Library
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read. The illustrations were excellent. The book explains how the Statue of Liberty was made. There were humorous parts, and plenty of cool facts. Both adults and children will enjoy this book.

Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Incredible. I loved it...just loved it!

It's a wonderful age-appropriate book about the Statue of Liberty, where she was built, and how she came to live in the United States. And adorable humor. And the right foot? Read it...learn something new.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I did not realize that about the Statue of Liberty's right foot, and when Eggers revealed the fact--before he even commented on it--I got chills and knew exactly where he was going with it. I think of the Statue of Liberty in a whole new light now. ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stunning, moving, and incredibly timely.
Maria Caplin
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great opener for wonder! What do you already know about the Statue of Liberty and better yet What is special about her right foot?
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Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, including most recently Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, The Circle and A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney’s Quarterly ...more

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