- File Size: 32813 KB
- Print Length: 104 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (September 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074R7R8DY
- Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,569 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'A friendly reminder of how America can be at its best.'
Author Praise for Her Right Foot:
Inaugural National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Jon Scieszka says:
'Beautiful, powerful, funny, moving. Eggers and Harris in perfect thoughtful harmony.'
Jon Klassen, Caldecott Medal Winner says:
'This book makes me happy as a person and jealous as an illustrator.'
Adam Rex, author of Nothing Rhymes with Orange says:
'It may be trite to call a book a love letter to America, but you read Her Right Foot and tell me Eggers and Harris aren’t in love with their country, tell me your heart doesn’t swell.'
A letter from the author:
I lived in New York for a few years in the 1990s, but never managed to make it to Liberty Island. Finally, in 2015, my family and I visited NYC, and we took the ferry from Battery Park. For some reason we did this in January. It was raining and cold and the water was gray and choppy. Everyone on the ferry was cold and soaked, and the ferry was crowded and smelled of wet human, but somehow everyone was in a good mood. We were the huddled masses that day, and because there were dozens of languages being spoken, it felt in some distant way like being aboard one of those old ships bringing new Americans in from the sea.
When we got to the Statue of Liberty, I noticed something I never had before, and that was that the Statue of Liberty was in mid-stride. It was a thunderclap moment. I had seen probably 10,000 images of the Statue over the years, and never once did any of them show — or at least emphasize — this seemingly significant aspect of this essential symbol of immigration and welcome. The lady was on the move.
So I started mulling that, what that might mean, and thought it might make a good subject for a picture book, especially given that around that time, the election was nearing and anti-immigrant sentiment was becoming louder and more pervasive.
It’s a baffling aspect of the American species that we periodically forget that almost all of us are immigrants. The symbol of this country is the Statue of Liberty, and the Statue of Liberty is not a symbol of xenophobia, fear, or isolationism. The symbol of America is a symbol of welcome. It’s a woman in a robe walking out to sea, to light the way for those coming to our shores.
I think it’s important that we talk about it. It’s especially important that we talk about it with our kids. The news these days is volatile and unsettling, and our kids are scared. We need to show them how to be brave. We need to learn from their tolerance and curiosity and open minds. We need to teach them what this country is supposed to stand for. And that’s why I wrote this book for them.
So that’s what Her Right Foot is about. It has been beautifully illustrated by a man named Shawn Harris, and I hope you like it.
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"You may know that Dave Eggers is a successful writer for adults. And you may know that he has a way with words. But you may not know that he has written a book about the Statue of Liberty and what's more you may be completely unaware that the book is timely and poignant and deeply meaningful and patriotic in the best sense of the word. It is absolutely the best thing I've seen in a long time."--Betsy Bird, School Library Journal's Fuse #8 blog and co-author of Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature
"Witty, moving."-Wall Street Journal
"With immigration a political hot topic, this heartfelt book couldn't have come at a better time."--Bookends: A Booklist Blog
"Unique and important."-School Library Journal, starred review
About the Author
Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives and works in Morongo Valley, California. This is his first book.
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Should be required reading in all classrooms from 3rd grade on .!Enough material and information for people of all ages to think about and discuss .Topics could range from why Brown statue changed to green to the reasons and hazards immigrants faced when they decided to come to America
An excellent text enhanced with clever illustrations to attract young and old . Very impressive😊
This is a good, solid, and long hard cover book. I homeschool and decided to add this to our curriculum for my first grader who was studying the statue of liberty.
Maturity wise, he was probably a little young to full grasp the entire idea behind the story but he found the facts interesting and it helped to open up a discussion about how we all came here, the poem by Emma Lazarus, and how America started.
I was hesitant about political agenda being pushed through the book, but overall, I was pleased with what we saw. I included pictures of the three of the most "political" pages within the book for reference.