Let Liberty Rise!

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Let Liberty Rise!
Series: Biographical, Picture Book Bios
Genres: Juvenile Nonfiction, Picture Books
Tag: Ages 5-8
Length: 40
ASIN: 133822588X
ISBN: 9781338225884

Let Liberty Rise! "The true story of how schoolchildren helped fund the construction of the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty in New York City."--

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Let Liberty Rise!

How did 121,000 Americans save their most beloved icon? Here is an inspiring story about the power we have when we all work together!

On America’s 100th birthday, the people of France built a giant gift! It was one of the largest statues the world had ever seen — and she weighed as much as 40 elephants!

And when she arrived on our shores in 250 pieces, she needed a pedestal to hold her up. Few of America’s millionaires were willing to foot the bill.

Then, Joseph Pulitzer (a poor Hungarian immigrant-cum-newspaper mogul) appealed to his fellow citizens. He invited them to contribute whatever they could, no matter how small an amount, to raise funds to mount this statue.

The next day, pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters poured in. Soon, Pulitzer’s campaign raised enough money to construct the pedestal.

And with the help of everyday Americans (including many thousands of schoolchildren!) the Statue of Liberty rose skyward, torch ablaze, to welcome new immigrants for a life of freedom and opportunity!

Chana Stiefel’s charming and immediate writing style is perfectly paired with Chuck Groenink’s beautiful, slyly humorous illustrations. Back matter with photographs included.


"[A] true tale of cooperation among all ages." -- Publishers Weekly
"All rise to this evocative, empowering offering." -- Kirkus Reviews
* "This charming history title is a true inspiration for the present. An informative must-have for all libraries." -- School Library Journal, starred review
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