by Robert Byrd
Dial Books for Young Readers. 2019
Grades 4 up
The Statue of Liberty has been our visual symbol of freedom to all immigrants who have come to our shores seeking a new life. France gifted the statue to the United States on our 100th birthday in 1876. Robert Byrd, with his usual flair tells us the story of the how Lady Liberty came to be and the sculptor, Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904) and his dream of making this amazing gift.
“and how Lady Liberty almost didn’t come to stand in America at all.”
Byrd’s signature style is the perfect pairing for his narrative. Each chapter design resembles a headlining newspaper story. Incorporated into the book are sidebars, diagrams, quotes, and well-captioned illustrations that mirrors the text. The artwork was created using ink-line, watercolor and colored inks on 140 lb. cold press Arches watercolor paper. The drawings are bright and very detailed.
Back matter shows the statues measurements (the width of the tablet is 13 feet; 7 inches), a timeline, along with more information on the statue. A bibliography, online resources, and an author’s note rounds out this engaging informational book.
A story that will delightful readers of all ages.