Let Liberty Rise! How America’s Schoolchildren Helped Save the Statue of Liberty

Chana Stiefel, illus. by Chuck Groenink. Scholastic Press, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-338-22588-4
Groenink’s cartoon-style illustrations jauntily animate Stiefel’s account of how children helped ensure the Statue of Liberty would stand tall in New York Harbor. When money to complete the statue’s pedestal ran out, newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer appealed to readers to raise funds. Digitized gouache and pencil vignettes show an inclusive group of earnest children making contributions, from a “poor office boy” mailing in a nickel to a kindergarten class in Iowa lining up to send more than a dollar. Donations from both children and adults raised more than $100,000 toward the pedestal’s completion. While a late spread reveals the full-height Lady Liberty amid a firework-filled inaugural celebration, the story ends on a quieter note, with the radiant statue backed by sunlit storm clouds, welcoming shipboard immigrants into the harbor. A timeline, bibliography, and further reading list, as well as additional statue facts and archival photos, conclude this true tale of cooperation among all ages. Ages 6–8. (Mar.)
Reviewed on : 01/21/2021
Release date: 03/02/2021
Genre: Children's
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