Naming Liberty

Naming Liberty
Written by Jane Yolen with paintings by Jim Burke


Have you ever wondered how the Statue of Liberty was made or how it came to be in the New York harbor? Well this lovely picture book will tell you all about it along with the story of a young girl from Russia named Gitl who is coming to America with her family to find freedom.

One of the things I really like about this book is that it tells you two stories at the same time. The left hand pages tell the story of Gitl’s family as they make their way across Europe to get on a boat for America. The family goes through many difficult times, but they are determined o find a better life in American.The right hand pages tell the story of Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, the French artist who designed the Statue of Liberty. Each page has paintings by Jim Burke that blend the two stories together beautifully.

There are some great facts about the Statue of Liberty that I never knew! How tall it is, how long it took to make it, how it was made and much, much more. Did you know that there is a connection between the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower in Paris? You’ll have to read the book to find out what it is. And you’ll be delighted to learn what Gitl’s American name is once she comes to America. Check out this book soon, I think you’ll really enjoy reading it.

~Reviewed Mrs. Molly Efland

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