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Let Liberty Rise!: How America's School Children Helped Save the Statue of Liberty

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Catalogue Number:  WW4009
Producer:  Weston Woods
Subject:  American History, Animation, Architecture, Arts, Character Education, Children's Stories, Citizenship Education, Civics, Early Childhood Education, Guidance, Health, History, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  PreK - 2, 3 - 5
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2021

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Written by Chana Stieferi and illustrated by Chuck Groenink.

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.

Themes: American History, Problem Solving / Working Together, Architecture, Values.


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