Many people are familiar with the Statue of Liberty. If asked to describe her, they might mention her torch, her crown, or her robe. But what about her right foot? In this humorous telling of the famous statue’s history, author Dave Eggers and artist Shawn Harris remind readers of the significance of this “Mother of Exiles.” She is a symbol of freedom who cannot wait, but who must stride forward to meet those in need in the sea.
~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017— From Holiday Picks 2017
"A friendly reminder of how America can be at its best." – Entertainment Weekly
If you 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.
In this fascinating and fun take on nonfiction for kids, 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 of an entire country's creation.
An ideal patriotic gift for kids, this book as received accolades from a number of reputable publications:
A Publishers Weekly Best Children's 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
Seven Starred Reviews
"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." – Shelf Awareness, 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
About the Author
Dave Eggers is the author of many books, including This Bridge Will Not Be Gray, The Circle, and A Hologram for the King. He is the 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.
Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives and works in Morongo Valley, California. This is his first book.
"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
"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
Volunteer State Book Award 2019-20 Nominee
Read On Wisconsin! State Reading List 2018-2019
Chicago Tribune Best Children's Books of the Year
BookPage Best Children's Books of the Year
A Mighty Girl Books of the Year
A Boston Globe Best Children's Book of the Year
'ILA Teachers Choices 2018 Reading List
"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
"This upbeat, funny, artistically stunning book about the Statue of Liberty couldn't be more timely."--Common Sense Media
"This book makes me happy as a person and jealous as an illustrator." -Jon Klassen, Caldecott Medal Winner
"This amazing book builds to a poignant and timely message about the meaning of the Statue of Liberty."--Imagination Soup
"Their powerful and timely book shows that Lady Liberty is not just welcoming immigrants and others coming to America, but leading their path." --Real Simple
"The perfect picture book for our times."--Cool Mom Picks
"The careful layering and pacing of this book is chilling. It demands re-reading and sharing with others."--Charlotte News and Observer
"Sure to be beloved by adults and children alike."--Bookish
"Speaking directly to the reader, Eggers starts out with playful humor that leads to the heartfelt understanding that that stature stands for what we should always aspire to: action, humanity and openness." —Teaching Tolerance
"Readers needn't be versed in the day's headlines to leave Her Right Foot with an arm in the air, raising not a torch but a fist."--Shelf Awareness, starred review
"Perfect family share." --Charlotte News and Observer
"One part stand-up routine, one part ode to the values that we as a nation have long held dear. Funny, smart, timely, and true."--Leonard S. Marcus, - historian, critic, and author of Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing
"Not only shares the history of one of our most famous statues but also reminds us of the need for diversity and inclusion."--Kid Lit Frenzy
"Her Right Foot appeared at just the right time, serving as a palate cleanser to increasingly caustic headlines around immigration."-NPR Best Books of the Year
"A timely message and a reminder of what the monument represents."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A must-read for every man, woman and child in the land."--The San Francisco Chronicle
"A fascinating, engrossing tale."--Entertainment Weekly, The Must List
"Her Right Foot stands far above other Statue of Liberty books, conveying something particularly important and necessary to the times in which we live."--Betsy Bird, A Fuse#8 Production, a School Library Journal blog
"Beautiful, powerful, funny, moving. Eggers and Harris are in perfect thoughtful harmony."-Inaugural National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Jon Scieszka
"In Her Right Foot, novelist Dave Eggers and illustrator Shawn Harris spin a fascinating, engrossing tale out of a seemingly innocuous detail - and in the process, reaffirm a prescient message of inclusion. It's a friendly reminder of how America can be at its best."--Entertainment Weekly
"In Eggers's telling, Liberty is ready not only to greet travelers coming home and those seeking refuge, but to stride forth to welcome them."--The Washington Post
"I want to hold this book in one hand and a torch in the other and stand on an island someplace so everyone can see." -Lemony Snicket
"Heartfelt throughout and indisputably timely."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Fresh and compelling, and its ending is everything you could possibly want it to be."-Chicago Tribune
"Eggers's crucial and timely re-examination makes Liberty an active participant in a debate that is more contentious than ever."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Eggers and Harris achieve something truly remarkable."--BookPage
"Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America's most emblematic statue... What they find in the Statue of Liberty's right foot is the powerful message of acceptance that is essential of an entire country's creation." --Book Riot
"Cool facts about the Statue of Liberty plus a heart-tugging ending."--Parents Magazine
"Both thought-provoking and a readaloud delight."-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"An unusual and entertaining way to learn about the Statue of Liberty, and a powerful message of what the statue symbolizes. This is a picture book for all ages."--Grace Lin, author of National Book Award Finalist When the Sea Turned to Silver
"As enlightening as it is charming."-The New York Times