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Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) Hardcover – April 5, 2010
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This book is recommended for children ages 4-8 and highly recommended for all libraries. Linda Glaser is a fabulous author that has written many other wonderful picture books including: Mrs. Greenberg's Messy Hanukkah, The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes, Our Big Home: An Earth Poem, Bridge to America and many others. Emma's Poem includes an author's note at the back of the book along with the full text of the poem, The New Colossus. Most important, this story teaches children how Emma's poem and the Statue of Liberty came together and are an important part of our history and life.
Many, like Emma, were Jewish and had escaped the madness of Eastern Europe. They were intelligent, but came with nothing. Many came without their "friends and relatives who had been killed." It was during the 1880s that she began to work with them. She helped them learn English, find work and in return she found friends. People looked their noses down on this type of practice and even more so on the people she helped. One day Emma "heard about a statue being constructed in France as a gift of friendship for the United States." In an effort to raise money, famous writers were asked to write something in commemoration. Emma had an idea . . .
This is a stunning portrait of a woman, a people, and time so very important in American history. Of course, Emma is the one who penned the poem that reads in part, "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses . . . " Undoubtedly few people know about Emma Lazarus, a woman all but forgotten by history, but her famous poem still blazes strong. The art work was strong, bold, and depicted those huddled masses perfectly. In the back of the book is a photograph of Emma, an interesting biographical vignette by the author, and the poem in its entirety. This is a wonderful historical book that deserved a place on your classroom, library, or homeschool shelves!
The book includes an author's note with additional historical details and of course the complete text of the poem, entitled "The New Colossus."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice read with lots of interesting historical facts. My children enjoyed not just the story but the colorful artwork as well!Published 22 months ago by Karen Jones
Gives you the story behind the poem and is a great for close reading and writing in the classroom. So much to pick apart and talk about with immigration at the time.Published on February 25, 2014 by C. Osborn
This book was advertised as a hardcover. It came in as soft bound. Although the book was in good condition, I would have liked getting the version I paid for. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Jackie