Liberty's Voice

Erica Silverman, Author, Stacey Schuett, Illustrator
Erica Silverman, illus. by Stacey Schuett. Dutton, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-525-47859-1
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After publishing an early collection of poems and seeking Ralph Waldo Emerson's mentorship, young Emma Lazarus became immersed in the struggle for immigrants' rights. Schuett portrays Emma with quiet dignity, while swirling, abstract curlicues in sunset tones suggest a physical manifestation of her creative vigor. The opulence of women's gowns contrasts with somber depictions of impoverished Jews arriving at New York Harbor. But Silverman and Schuett close with an uplifting, iconic image: as Emma composes "The New Colossus," Lady Liberty holds her torch against a peach-colored sky. Ages 6–8. (Feb.)
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