“'There's cold chicken inside it,' replied the Rat briefly; 'coldtonguecoldhamcoldbeefpickledgherkinssaladfrench

'O stop, stop,' cried the Mole in ecstacies: 'This is too much!'”
-- from
The Wind in the Willows

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Liberty's Voice: The Story of Emma Lazarus • Picture book biography

Liberty's Voice: The Story of Emma Lazarus
by Erica Silverman  illustrated by Stacey Schuett 
Just out  Dutton Children's Books  ages 6 - 9 
 "Silverman's ode to one of the most deserving woman in history is a picture book extraordinaire." - Kids Home Library
Story:  Emma Lazarus overcame the barriers of her day to become one of the leading poets of the nineteenth century. She used her celebrity to help the poor and impoverished immigrants of Eastern Europe. When the statue Liberty Enlightening the World came to the United States as a gift from France, it was Emma's poem "The New Colossus" that became forever connected with this American icon. Emma's words have served as a rallying call to generations of immigrants. In breathtaking color, veteran artist Stacey Schuett brings life to Erica Silverman's story of one of the great women of America.
Story behind the story: Here's a note from author Erica Silverman:

Dear Reader,
From childhood on, I’ve loved poetry. So did Emma Lazarus.
Emma’s ancestors came to this country seeking safety and freedom. So did mine.
Immigrants became important to her life’s work.  I taught English as a Second Language to immigrants for 14 years. As a librarian, many of my patrons come from all over the world.
Reading Emma’s poems, articles and letters, I was deeply moved by her passion for poetry and justice, which led her, in 1883, to write the powerful poem that to this day defines the Statue of Liberty.
Emma fought for immigrants’ rights back when women had few rights.  I hope you find her to be as inspiring a role model as I have."

Link to Teacher’s/Reader’s  Guide

"With colorful, lively illustrations and energetic writing, Silverman's ode to one of the most deserving woman in history is a picture book extraordinaire." - Kids Home Library

"The evocative illustrations marry well with this accessible, appealing story of a woman both ahead of her time and an important American writer who left a lasting literary legacy to every United States citizen..."
- School Library Journal
FYI:  All the review copies for this title have been sent.  Please check back and see the "comments" link to read what your colleagues have to say...

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