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Her Right Foot — 16 Comments

  1. BIG, BOLD, HISTORICAL and a STEP in the right direction. The art in this book draws you into the text and holds you within the story from beginning to end. The history of HER…and the future of HER…is all-encompassing in its symbols and freedom for ALL. Multiple sessions to read/discuss this book in the elementary classroom setting. 5 stars.

  2. I didn’t care for how the author is telling the reader facts that they “may know”. If you don’t know, as many kids probably wouldn’t, it could put them on the defensive while reading the book. The first sentence assumes the reader has heard of France. I bet there are a lot of kids who haven’t. I did learn some while reading the book; 214 crates, it was brown for 35 years, and I honestly never thought about her walking. I didn’t like the references to SoHo or West Village. I know a lot of kids in my area that have never heard of a panini let alone will be aware of Nico records. One part of the book I enjoyed was a reminder that the Statue of Liberty is also an immigrant.

  3. Someone told me this was their favorite book this time, I have to agree that I really like it. I could see that this was being written as if someone was having a conversation and wanted to add a bit of trivia here and there. Also, I think that the way that some of the pages had less text on them was a way to force the reader to take a “thinking pause.” I could use this with immigration or with our Geography 4 Today lesson on the Statue of Liberty. The illustrations made me think a bit of “Madeline.” *****

  4. The illustrations of this book at first threw me off. Just flipping through the book, I wouldn’t necessarily have read it cover to cover without it being on our list because of the illustrations. I think many students might ignore it for the same reason as well as the thickness of the book. However, once I started reading it, I soon discovered how much I liked how the author talked to the reader. This topic is so current with today’s politics. Working in a school with a high ESL population, and that 2nd grade has social studies standards that address teaching landmarks, this book would be a nice addition to our social studies unit. I would read it aloud to my students and I believe that many of them would pick it up and r-read it for themselves.

  5. I liked the book, overall, but would have preferred the author hadn’t jumped around so much – just thought it was a bit too casual for the topic. However, that said, I learned a few things by reading this story and that’s always a fun bonus! I liked the way the book was illustrated – and found the message of immigration to be very timely.

  6. I love this book! I would use this book as a mentor text for author’s tone, or, if we were working in voice in our own writing. One could use it in an American Symbols unit as well.
    5 stars

  7. I enjoyed this book and would use it for our American Symbols unit. This book had a unique style, but I thought it made the information more interesting to read. It is a tad lengthy, so we would probably read it in parts but definitely one to remember.
    4 stars

  8. I was really excited to read this book……..and then I read it. I just didn’t like it. The symbol of the Statue of Liberty’s right foot and the broken chain is wonderful, but I just didn’t connect with the way the story was told in this book. I felt the story jumped around a lot and was hard to follow. I was also disappointed that, with all the facts given about the Statue of Liberty, the book didn’t say that her correct title is “Liberty Enlightening the World” — even on the page where the torch was discussed as being a symbol of enlightenment. Maybe there was just too much information given for one book. Shawn Harris did a fantastic job with the illustrations!

  9. I loved the book! I loved the illustrations and information written about the Statue of Liberty. I liked learning new information about the lady. TMy students would read this book to my class as they learn about her. I rate this as a 5.

  10. Even though I wasn’t super fond of the writing style, I really liked this book. It was filled with interesting facts about the Statue of Liberty. Kids love learning interesting facts! It’s a great book for the classroom or the library, for curriculum – especially social studies – and just fun for a pleasure read as well. It carries an important message that many adults need to hear as well. 4/5 stars

  11. This would be a great read aloud. I think the author could have shortened the story, but I like the interesting way the author bring forth the facts on how the Statue of Liberty was made and then reassembled in the United States. 2nd graders would appreciate this story. I find each year that some students have already visited the island and statue.It is hard with the illustrations to notice that the right foot is moving forward. Some of the other illustrations I didn’t care for as well.

  12. I love this book! This is a must for every school library. I want to read this to my third graders and grandchildren! It is a wonderful book to learn the history of The Statue of Liberty. I enjoyed the conversational voice the author uses, and the illustrations are artistically interesting. It is great to read a book for primary children and learn historical facts at the same time! There were facts covered in this book that I had never learned about this great Symbol of America. 5 stars!

  13. I read this book for the first time quite a few months ago, and since then I have handed it to many children and they have also enjoyed it. As a teacher I love it when I can say, “I didn’t know this until I read it in this book!” I agree that the humor is fun, and when I shared it with my third grade classes at the end of the school year, the story captivsated them. My students had many ideas to share about where she would be going, and why she’s on the move. I think this could be paired nicely with an informational news article from newsela on immigration today, especially with how the end of the book brings us from the creation of the statue into the present day.
    Five stars

  14. I loved this book. It’s an easy read for students with just enough humor to keep them hooked. I like that at the end of the book the students would have a great opportunity to give their opinion on what it would be like to see the Statue of Liberty for the first time if they were immigrants. This book sets up for so many different lessons in different subjects. I would read this book to the class as well as have it as a free read book. I give this book 5 stars.

  15. Love, love, love this book! At first I wasn’t sure about the illustrations, but I found I was more focused on the writing. I like the way Dave Eggers makes assumptions about the reader. He states facts about the Statue of Liberty, he presumes everyone knows. Then he gets to the point, her right foot. It is clear through the illustrations that the Statue of Liberty has been a beacon for people of ALL nations. Her moving is a peaceful and welcoming symbol, a moving ahead within one’s life. I also like how Dave points out that one of our nations iconic symbols is in itself an immigrant, as are we or our forefathers. *****

  16. I really enjoyed this book! The illustrations were unique and the story line was very interesting and funny. I enjoyed how the author made jokes about not getting to the point. I really think this would keep students engaged in the story. There was a lot of information that I didn’t know. I would use this in curriculum as a read a loud and open a discussion with students about what the Statue of Liberty means to them. I may also have students use this story for writing. Brainstorming their own ideas about why her right foot is “moving”.
    I give this book 5 starts.

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