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Her Right Foot

If you had to name a statue, any statue, odds are good you'd mention the Statue of Liberty. Have you seen her? She's in New York. She's holding a torch. And she's in mid-stride, moving forward. But why?

In this fascinating, fun take on nonfiction, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America's most emblematic statue. What they find is about more than history, more than art. What they find in the Statue of Liberty's right foot is the powerful message of acceptance that is essential to an entire country's creation.

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"After detailing Liberty’s installation in New York, where it welcomed waves of immigrants, Eggers makes a startling observation: the statue’s right foot is raised: 'She is on the move!' And why is this? 'Liberty and freedom from oppression are not things you get or grant by standing around,' Eggers asserts. 'These are things that require action. Courage. An unwillingness to rest.' Harris represents Americans of all colors — veiled, in hardhats, in yarmulkes, in hoodies — talking together, admiring the statue, becoming citizens. Eggers’s crucial and timely re-examination makes Liberty an active participant in a debate that is more contentious than ever." -- Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 7 - 10
Author Dave Eggers
Illustrator Shawn Harris
ISBN 1452162816
Publication Date Sep 19, 2017
Publisher Chronicle Books
Language English