Liberty Arrives!: How America's Grandest Statue Found Her Home

by Robert Byrd

Statue was finally installed on Bedloe Island. Impressed by U. S. democracy, French... read more

Statue was finally installed on Bedloe Island. Impressed by U. S. democracy, French judge Êdouard de Laboulaye hired sculptor Frédéric–Auguste Bartholdi to create a statue of the Roman goddess Liberty. The narrative outlines the process: The creation of clay models followed by larger versions that he continued to scale up until the measurements of the large, copper statue were figured. Disassembled, the copper statue remained boxed while people in the United States struggled to raise enough money for the pedestal. A promise from Joseph Pultizer to print the name of every donor in the New York World led to schoolchildren saving the day with their penny contributions. A timely history illuminates the ideals, cooperation, and community effort behind this iconic work of art. (Ages 7–11)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2020

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