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Liberty Arrives!
How America's Grandest Statue Found Her Home
By (author): Robert Byrd Illustrated by: Robert Byrd
9780735230828 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 6 - 9, Grade (US) from 1 - 4 JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Symbols, Monuments, National Parks, etc. Jun 18, 2019
$23.99 CAD
Active 9.31 x 12.25 x 0.34 in 40 pages FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS Dial Books for Young Readers Dial Books
A deeply informative and gorgeously illustrated look at the Statue of Liberty, from award-winning nonfiction master Robert Byrd.

America’s most iconic national symbol was a gift from France to the United States—provided America raised the money for the pedestal on which it was to stand. Urged on by the publisher Joseph Pulitzer, it was raised, largely with the help of children, in the first example of a crowd sourced fund-raising campaign. This book tells the story of the best gift ever: how it was designed, created, transported, and then finally erected on its pedestal in the entrance to New York Harbor. Readable text is enhanced with illustrations chock-full of historical detail in Bob Byrd’s lighthearted, witty style.

Acclaimed author-illustrator: Robert Byrd stands out for his long list of extraordinary illustrated and acclaimed nonfiction and rich, intricate picture books, including the Newbery winner Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz and his own Sibert Honor and Boston Globe-Horn Book award-winning Electric Ben. He has a nonfiction brand that readers love.

Famous, multifaceted subject: In the tradition of Electric Ben, this book will expand readers’ knowledge about a widely celebrated piece of American history. Teachers will love the fresh, accessible, and comprehensive approach to the Statue of Liberty from multiple angles, including art history, international relations, immigration, and more.

Little competition: Even though this subject will be familiar to most readers, there are very few books about the Statue of Liberty.

Signature format: Like Robert Byrd’s other nonfiction books, this one features an engaging design that includes sidebars, quotes, captioned images and diagrams, and kid-friendly facts.

Robert Byrd is a successful commercial artist and children’s book illustrator whose award-winning picture books include Jason and the Argonauts, Electric Ben, and Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer.

Author Residence: Haddonfield, NJ

*“Spreads include masterly ink-and-watercolor illustrations with details that invite readers to pore over artwork. The author’s awestruck writing, featuring punchy, taut sentences, makes for fast-paced reading, as do dramatic page turns, and it emphasizes the grandeur of the enterprise; fascinating, quirky facts abound…. A book worthy of the statue herself.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Byrd tells an informative and visually detailed story…[A] moving ode to a monument.”—Publishers Weekly

“Excellent art…Entertaining and energetic.”—Booklist

Praise for Robert Byrd:

Jason and the Argonauts:

SLJ Best Book of the Year

“The complexity and richness of both tale and pictures offer a lot to pore over and ponder.”—Horn Book

“This handsome book offers a colorfully illustrated retelling of Jason’s adventures.”—Booklist

“A gripping account of the Argonauts’ heroic and tragic quest.”—Publishers Weekly

“Mythology has come to the forefront of literature in the last several years and this book will become a go to title.”—School Library Connection

Electric Ben:

2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Book Award Winner

A 2012 Robert F. Sibert Honor book

2013 Bank Street Best Book of the Year

2013 Golden Kite Honor book

Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of 2012

2012 Horn Book Fanfare

* “A beautifully realized labor of love and affection brings to life one of our brightest founding fathers.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* “A fascinating and comprehensive portrait, and an asset for student research.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A true standout…bright, witty, informative and cleverly organized as the man himself.”—The New York Times

Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer:

2004 Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction

* “Staggeringly thorough and eminently readable.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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