Let Liberty Rise!: How America’s Schoolchildren Helped Save the Statue of Liberty Chana Stiefel & Illustrated by Chuck Groenink

Back of Book:

For Americas 100th Birthday, the people of France were building a giant gift! It would be one of the largest statues the world had ever seen-weighing as much as 40 elephants! But Lady Liberty arrived on our shores in 350 pieces. And she could not be put together without a pedestal to hold her up. Few of Americans millionaires were willing to foot the bill. And without funds for a pedestal, Lady Liberty would remain trapped in her crates scattered about Bedloe’s Island. Could everyday Americans- Including schoolchildren collect enough pennies to help Libery rise?

My Review:

I received a copy of this picture book from Scholastic Press and Blue Slip Media in exchange for an honest review.

I love finding historical picture books that showcase activism. Let Liberty Rise by Chana Stiefel  is an incredible true story of how schoolchildren across the U.S. contributed to funding the pedestal for the Statute of Liberty.. When the Statue of Liberty arrived in America, She was broken up into pieces and needed a completed pedestal to stand on. When journalist Joseph Pulitzer heard about the dilemma, he offered to print the name of every person who donated money no matter how young, in his newspaper. The concept worked and small amount of money were collected. Slowly but surely, the amount of $100,000 was reached. This amazing nonfiction narrative is a wonderful example of how children can accomplish great things. The illustrations by Chuck Groenink are done in warm colors and charming images. The back of the book includes a timeline, and more information about the Statue of Liberty. Let Liberty Rise is a true gem, and should not be missed!

Ages 5 and up

40 Pages

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