Harvey Stevenson Looking at Liberty

ISBN 13: 9780060001018

Looking at Liberty

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Who is she?

Where did she come from?

How was she made?

1869 -- from the drawing board of the French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, a vision comes to life in the form of a grand monument honoring the friendship between France and America and the principle of liberty that binds them together.

This is a story of the determination and energy of the many who believed in this vision and collaborated to build what became an inspiration to millions. From the earliest sketches to her glorious stand as a universal symbol of freedom, follow the statue's journey from the dusty ateliers of Paris, across the Atlantic, to her celebrated arrival in New York.

Through poignant verse and dramatic paintings, Harvey Stevenson tells the timeless tale behind America's most celebrated symbol of democracy -- the Statue of Liberty.

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About the Author:

Harvey Stevenson attended Trinity College in Connecticut and the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he later worked as an art director in advertising. He now lives in Paris, France with his wife and son.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-A painterly and poetic look at the creation of the Statue of Liberty and its place in the hearts of two nations. The illustrations are lovely; the text is sometimes mysterious, if not downright mushy: "She's made of plaster dust in sweating men's hair"; "She's made of newspaper ink and excitement,/and of preparations for her arrival"; "She's got coal smoke in her./And the rough ocean's salty spray./And Atlantic sunsets off her bow" (actually, that last line may be about the ship that is bringing the statue to America; the antecedent pronoun is unclear). Sporadic footnotes offer a more concrete if occasionally trivial collection of factoids ("After celebrations in Paris, the statue was carefully taken apart and packed into 214 large wooden crates") and almost factoids ("In the winter of 1869, the sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi could have been found drawing plans late into the night"). Although the poetry and history are spotty, the feeling of the era and the immensity of the actual construction are beautifully portrayed. Pair this book with Lynn Curlee's Liberty (Atheneum, 2000) or Eleanor Coerr's The Lady with a Torch (Harper & Row, 1986; o.p.) or Betsy Maestro's The Story of the Statue of Liberty (Lothrop, 1986) for more factual information (and some spectacular art, especially Curlee's). Add Delno and Jean West's Uncle Sam and Old Glory (Atheneum, 2000) to extend and enrich the discussion of American symbols of the American nation.
Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools
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