I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers
Published by Chronicle Books on September 19th 2017
Genres: Juvenile Nonfiction, History, Social Science, Politics & Government, United States, 19th Century
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Ages 6-9. A charming picture book about one of the United States’ most recognizable landmarks. The Statue of Liberty has many symbolic features, but it’s her right foot that captures author Dave Egger’s imagination. She’s perpetually in motion! Where is she going? Where has she been?
This book made my heart swell! The conversational style makes it fun to read aloud. The first half is filled with fun facts about the Statue of Liberty, many that were new to me. I loved the paper collage style on many of the pages. It reminded me of how people from different backgrounds came together to create something new. You can see examples of the playful and colorful illustrations on illustrator Shawn Harris’s web page.
Liberty and freedom from oppression are not things you get or grant by standing around like some kind of statue. No! These are things that require action. Courage. An unwillingness to rest.
Her Right Foot tells the story of the Statue of Liberty’s long journey from Paris, France to New York Harbor. She’s a gift of friendship that came to represent hope and freedom for the millions of people seeking refuge and opportunity within America’s shores. The author theorizes on why Lady Liberty’s work will never be done and why she’ll never be content to stand still. It’s a timely reminder that our freedoms and ideals must never be taken for granted. Like the famed statue, we must always remain vigilant and keep moving to protect the values we hold most dear.
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