Naming Liberty

Naming Liberty




A double celebration for Independence Day!

In this wonderfully unique book, Jane Yolen and Jim Burke weave two stories at once, as readers see young Gitl in Russia leaving her home for faraway America, wondering what new name she will choose for herself when she arrives, and young artist Frederic Auguste Bartholdi dreaming of a monument he wants to build to honor freedom. It is an arduous journey for Gitl as she and her family travel across land and sea to arrive on this shore, but when she sees the magnificent Statue of Liberty standing in New York Harbor, she knows her name in this great new country must be 'Liberty.'

Just in time for Independence Day, Jim Burke's magnificent paintings capture Yolen's inspired tale of a girl and an artist and their passionate belief in freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399242502
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 07/03/2008
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Born and raised in New York City, Jane Yolen now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and received her master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. The distinguished author of more than 170 books, Jane Yolen is a person of many talents. When she is not writing, Yolen composes songs, is a professional storyteller on the stage, and is the busy wife of a university professor, the mother of three grown children, and a grandmother.

Active in several organizations, Yolen has been on the Board of Directors of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1986 to 1988, is on the editorial board of several magazines, and was a founding member of the Western New England Storytellers Guild, the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild, and the Bay State Writers Guild. For twenty years, she ran a monthly writer's workshop for new children's book authors. In 1980, when Yolen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, the citation recognized that "throughout her writing career she has remained true to her primary source of inspiration—folk culture." Folklore is the "perfect second skin," writes Yolen. "From under its hide, we can see all the shimmering, shadowy uncertainties of the world." Folklore, she believes, is the universal human language, a language that children instinctively feel in their hearts.

All of Yolen's stories and poems are somehow rooted in her sense of family and self. The Emperor and the Kite, which was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1983 for its intricate papercut illustrations by Ed Young, was based on Yolen's relationship with her late father, who was an international kite-flying champion. Owl Moon, winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal for John Schoenherr's exquisite watercolors, was inspired by her husband's interest in birding.

Yolen's graceful rhythms and outrageous rhymes have been gathered in numerous collections. She has earned many awards over the years: the Regina Medal, the Kerlan Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Society of Children's Book Writers Award, the Mythopoetic Society's Aslan Award, the Christopher Medal, the Boy's Club Jr. Book Award, the Garden State Children's Book Award, the Daedalus Award, a number of Parents' Choice Magazine Awards, and many more. Her books and stories have been translated into Japanese, French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Afrikaans, !Xhosa, Portuguese, and Braille.

With a versatility that has led her to be called "America's Hans Christian Andersen," Yolen, the child of two writers, is a gifted and natural storyteller. Perhaps the best explanation for her outstanding accomplishments comes from Jane Yolen herself: "I don't care whether the story is real or fantastical. I tell the story that needs to be told."

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Naming Liberty 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
kris0812 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book contains two stories told parallel to one another. One tells the story of Russian immigrants coming to America and a young girl finally deciding on her American name¿Liberty. The second story tells about the twenty-one year ambition of Bartholdi¿s dream to gift America with a great statue celebrating America¿s independence.
nnicolic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Naming Liberty is a book who's setting is based in the 1800's, right when the Statue of Liberty is being built for America. A Ukrainian Jewish family who plans to emigration to the United States. Gitl is the main character who is a seven year old little girl. As her family prepares to move to the U.S, they are thing of American names. She can't seem to find a good American name she is happy with. Frederic Auguste Bartholdi is the artist who was working on the the Statue of Liberty and he sold paintings and raised money to create the statue. In the end the girl decides her name is going to Liberty, Libby for short. This is a wonderfully written book and beautiful paintings by the artist. Both the writer and illustrator captured the essences of New York and a little girls dream to be an American. This would be a great book to teach students about the statue of Liberty, immigration, and the freedom of an American.
ckarmstr1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book shows that liberty means something different to everyone. On one page, it shows what America means to an immigrant family, and on the other, it shows how the statue of liberty came to be. This book illustrates that the statue of liberty has become an icon for freedom across the globe. For immigrants, it held the message that they were almost to the land of the free. I think this book is important to share with students in any class because freedom is something we take for granted.
janaware on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a neat book. It tells of an immigrant family's trip to America on one page while simultaneously telling about the Statue of Liberty on the other! It's two stories in one.