Gr 3 Up--This beautifully designed and conversational yet sophisticated book about the history of the iconic statue is also filled with humor and interesting trivia. Explanations of the construction, size, and eventual color of the statue are explained and illustrated in simple, accessible terms. While the first two-thirds of the book offer information about the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the green giant, the final portion is a more editorialized, poetic discussion of the back of her right foot. "She is going somewhere! She is on the move!...she weighs 450,000 pounds, and she is moving...where is she going?" Apparently not to "Soho to get a panini" nor "to the West Village to look for vintage Nico records." No, this welcoming lady has loftier goals. Though she has already greeted thousands of Poles, Norwegians, Cambodians, Estonians, Somalis, Syrians, and others, "It never ends. It cannot end. And this is why she's moving. This is why she's striding. In welcoming the poor, the tired, the struggling to be free. She is not content to wait. She must meet them in the sea." Harris's vibrant impressionistic illustrations, rendered in construction paper collage and india ink, offer thought-provoking, varied perspectives on both the statue and the text. The unpaged tribute is far longer than the usual picture book length of 32 pages, but never wordy. VERDICT A unique and important contribution to be enjoyed by both children and adults; a must-purchase.--Barbara Auerbach, formerly at New York City Public SchoolsCopyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
The history of the Statue of Liberty is well-known: Frenchman Edouard de Laboulaye conceived of the idea of a monument for the United States's centennial and persuaded artist Frederic Auguste Bartholdi to design it. Eggers starts his own story of the statue slowly, playfully ("Did you know that the Statue of Liberty comes from France? This is true. This is a factual book"). Newcomer Harris's friendly cut-paper spreads show the colossal statue looming over the men who build it. After detailing Liberty's installation in New York, where it welcomed waves of immigrants, Eggers makes a startling observation: the statue's right foot is raised: "She is on the move!" And why is this? "Liberty and freedom from oppression are not things you get or grant by standing around," Eggers asserts. "These are things that require action. Courage. An unwillingness to rest." Harris represents Americans of all colors--veiled, in hardhats, in yarmulkes, in hoodies--talking together, admiring the statue, becoming citizens. Eggers's crucial and timely re-examination makes Liberty an active participant in a debate that is more contentious than ever. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.