The True Meaning of Liberty for All

Her Right Foot

by Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (artist)

Chronicle Books, ISBN 9781452162812, September 2017, Hardcover, 104 pp., ages 5-8

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“A friendly reminder of how America can be at its best.” – Entertainment Weekly

If youย had to name a statue, 
any statue, 
odds are good you'd mention 
the Statue of Liberty.

Have you seen her?
She's in New York.
She's holding a torch.
And she's in mid-stride, 
moving forward.

But why?

In this fascinating and fun take on nonfiction, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America’s most emblematic statue. What they find is about more than history, more than art. What they find in the Statue of Liberty’s right foot is the powerful message of acceptance that is essential to the entire country’s creation.

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of the Year

A 2018 Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book

A Junior Library Guild selection

“In a time when immigration is a hot-button issue, it’s good to be reminded that Lady Liberty continues to lift her lamp beside the golden door.” – Booklist, starred review

“Thought-provoking.” Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

“A timely immigrant’s tale.” ShelfAwareness, starred review

“Crucial.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Heartfelt throughout and indisputable timely.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Unique and important.” School Library Journal, starred review

“Vital.” School Library Connection, starred review

“As enlightening as it is charming.” The New York Times

“Witty, moving.” The Wall Street Journal

Review by Nell Beramย freelance writer and YA author via Shelf-Awareness

Early on in Her Right Foot, the omniscient narrator says, “Did you know that the Statue of Liberty comes from France? This is true. This is a factual book.” The defensiveness is the tip-off to readers that this is not a typical biography of an iconic national monument — and hallelujah for that.

Her Right Foot‘s first half adopts something of the customary “fun facts” approach to children’s biography. But toward the book’s middle, the narrator cuts to the chase. The point is the great green lady’s little-discussed mid-stride right foot. Its significance consumes the narrator until the book’s “idea,” “theory,” breathless epiphany:

If the Statue of Liberty, an immigrant herself, has welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States, then how can she stand still?

In welcoming the poor, the tired, the struggling to breathe free,
She is not content to wait.

Readers needn’t be versed in today’s headlines to leave Her Right Foot with an arm in the air, raising not a torch but a fist. Dave Eggers’s (This Bridge Will Not Be Gray) energetic, fourth-wall-breaking narrative is paired with Shawn Harris’s invitingly chunky construction paper tableaux illustrations, whose earthbound scenes are nevertheless transcendent.

About the Author

Dave Eggers is the author of many books, including This Bridge Will Not Be Gray, Aย Hologram for the King and The Circle. He is a cofounder of Voice of Witness, an oral-history series focused on human-rights crises; 826 National, a network of writing and tutoring centers; and ScholarMatch, which connects donors and under-resourced students to make college possible.

About the Artist

Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives and works in Morongo Valley, California. Her Right Foot marks the first publication of his illustrations in a book.


A Special Christmas Treat: A Childโ€™s Christmas in Wales

Harper Collins is kindly allowing the free listening of this high quality recording of Dylan Thomas reading his deliciously wonderful festive story, A Childโ€™s Christmas in Wales. The story recalls a time when there were โ€œwolves in Walesโ€ next to a “carol-singing sea” while cheeky boys roamed the streets throwing snowballs at “green eyed cats.” His chaotic house was full of snoring and well-fed uncles and aunties lacing their tea with rum because, “it was only once a year.”

This recording can only be listened to for free through December 27; thereafter, you can find it on Dylan Thomas:The Caedmon CD Collection Unabridged. The CD is available to US customers only.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas ๐ŸŽ„ and a Happy New Year๐ŸŽ‰.

Hannah Ellis โ€“ 20th December 2017.

Hannah is a teacher, writer and consultant. You can learn more about her by visiting the website โ€“

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