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Building Liberty: A Statue is Born Library Binding – June 1, 2004
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6–This imaginative look at the construction of the Statue of Liberty is divided into four parts. In an appealing comic-book style, with the text presented below detailed watercolor, pencil, and drybrush illustrations, each section tells the story of a young boy who played an important role in accomplishing this feat. First, readers meet Léo Pacioli, a young apprentice at the workshop where Liberty was built. He meets sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi and engineer Gustave Eiffel, and also learns about the statue's design and construction. Next, François Penhoët, a member of the crew on the steamship Isère, describes how the pieces of the monument are loaded aboard, the trip across the Atlantic, and the enthusiastic welcome they receive at the New York Harbor. In the third section, young Benjamin Lutherson of New York City, who works as a newsboy for The World, helps to spread the word and raise money to build the pedestal for the sculpture. Finally, Angus Donegal, another New Yorker, shares his feelings of pride as he helps to construct Liberty's iron skeleton and copper exterior. The book ends with a step-by-step illustrated history of the statue's creation (with captions) from Bartholdi's sketch pad to its completion. There are no source notes and children may be left wondering if these boys actually existed. This title would make a solid addition to any library but would be especially valuable in local history collections.–Christine E. Carr, Lester C. Noecker Elementary School, Roseland, NJ
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