Liberty Arrives!: How America's Grandest Statue Found Her Home
Hardcover – June 18, 2019
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.
* “This expansive book is as impressive as its subject.”—The Horn Book, starred review
* “Does not disappoint.”—BCCB, starred review
* “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
"Will have a place on most library shelves."—School Library Journal
“Engaging . . . a natural asset to STEM-themed lessons and to social studies units.”—School Library Connection
About the Author
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.