Lady Liberty: A Biography

Bibliographic Information: Rappaport, D. (2008). Lady Liberty: A Biography. Cambridge: Candlewick Press.

Brief Annotation: This book recounts the process it took to build the Statue of Liberty through the perspective of the people who helped design, build, and fundraise for it. The text is all in poems.

Genre: History, Poetry

Grade Level: 4-6

Readers who will like this: Children who like American history; children who like the Statue of Liberty; children who like poetry.

Rating/Response: 4 I really enjoyed this book because it makes readers look at the history of the Statue of Liberty through the eyes of the people who helped make it what it is today. Also, the illustrations are amazing!

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What does liberty mean?

Reading Strategy: Social Studies

Rationale for Strategy: This book would make a great read aloud for a social studies unit on symbols of liberty/freedom, and immigrants coming to America and seeing Lady Liberty for the first time. This book gives great background information on how Lady Liberty has come to be a symbol of freedom for everyone who comes to America.

Posted by: Jenna Bosch

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