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Book: Statue of Liberty: Beacon of Promise
Author: L. E. Bond
Publisher: Albion Pub. Group, third edition published in 1997
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 13 and up
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Bond, L. E. Statue of Liberty: Beacon of Promise (published in 1990 by Evelyn Hill Group Inc., Liberty Island, NY; second edition published in 1992 by Albion Publishing Group, 924 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101). The Statue of Liberty, or officially “Liberty Enlightening the World,” is a colossal neoclassical sculpture of a robed female figure representing the Roman goddess Libertas, who bears a torch and a tablet upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. It is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, NY, in the United States. The copper statue was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, built by Gustave Eiffel, and dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was a gift to the United States from the people of France.
This 48 page, softcover book has five chapters which describe the history of the statue, from the birth of the idea, through the construction, to its dedication day, along with a description of the centennial restoration from 1984 to 1986, and an overview of the related museums, all gorgeously illustrated with colorful photos and other pictures. It is a great read for all those who are interested in Grand Lady of the Harbor, which was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad and has become an icon of freedom and of the United States. As poetess Emma Lazarus wrote, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free….A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles….”