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Saving Lady Liberty : Joseph Pulitzer's fight for the Statue of Liberty / Claudia Friddell ; illustrated by Stacy Innerst.

Friddell, Claudia. (Author). Innerst, Stacy, (illustrator.).

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Gonvick LINK Site J 974.71 FRI (Text) 33500013258116 New Available -
McIntosh Public Library J 974.71 FRI (Text) 33500013258108 New Checked out 11/06/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781684371303
  • ISBN: 1684371309
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Calkins Creek, an imprint of Boyds Mills & Kane, 2020.

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Summary, etc.:
When Joseph Pulitzer first saw the Statue of Liberty's head in Paris, he shared sculptor Auguste Bartholdi's dream of seeing France's gift of friendship stand in the New York harbor. Pulitzer loved words, and the word he loved best was liberty. Frustrated that many, especially wealthy New Yorkers, were not interested in paying for the statue's needed pedestal, Pulitzer used his newspaper, the New York World, to call on all Americans to contribute. Claudia Friddell's text and Stacy Innerst's illustrations capture this inspiring story of how one immigrant brought together young and old, rich and poor, to raise funds for the completion of a treasured national monument.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 April #2
    *Starred Review* Unable to spark sufficient financial support from government or wealthy donors to complete a pedestal on which to place France's centennial gift to the U.S., newspaper owner Joseph Pulitzer turned to the public for what Friddell dubs "the world's first crowdfunding effort" and raised more than $100,000. In this soaring account, which spans Pulitzer's birth in Hungary to Lady Liberty's debut in 1886, the author highlights both Pulitzer's rags-to-riches personal success story and his profound idealism: he "had always loved words. And the word he loved best was liberty." Innerst adds to the high tone of this celebration with impressionistically brushed scenes of Lady Liberty's grand features, her frail-looking champion bouncing back from multiple reverses, and ordinary people pitching in coins and small bills to see the iconic statue raised at last. Along with a spread of letters (presumably real ones) that arrived with these contributions ("I am a little girl only eight years old. I send 10 cents), supporting matter includes an afterword, period photos, a time line, lists of basic facts about both the statue and Pulitzer, and a generous reading list. Though histories of the Statue of Liberty often mention Pulitzer's campaign, this is the most detailed presentation for younger audiences to date. Just another immigrant getting the job done. Grades 2-4. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

For children&;s author Claudia Friddell, the next best thing to time travel is discovering and sharing exciting real life stories from long ago.  A former elementary school teacher, Claudia loves talking to students and teachers about the magic of bringing history to life through books. When she&;s not visiting schools, digging for treasure in the library, or writing at her home in Baltimore, she&;s reading, walking, and kayaking on Maryland&;s Eastern Shore. To learn more about Claudia and her books, log onto

Stacy Innerst is the award-winning illustrator of multiple picture books, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jonah Winter, The Music in George's Head by Suzanne Slade, and Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation by Peggy Thomas. Visit

Subject: Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911 > Juvenile literature.
Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911.
Statue of Liberty (New York, N.Y.) > Juvenile literature.
Fund raising > Juvenile literature.
Statue of Liberty (New York, N.Y.).
United States.
New York (N.Y.) > Juvenile literature.
New York (N.Y.).
Genre: Biographies.
Juvenile works.
Picture books.

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