For every American, the Statue of Liberty is just that – a symbol of the freedom offered on the shores of America. But where did this statue come from? Whose idea was it? And how was it financed?
Our Statue of Liberty answers all these questions and more. It tells how a discussion arose between several French artists in the 1860s about the connections of freedom France and America hold together. One of those men, sculptor Frederic Bartholdi, decided to visit America and try to find a fitting location for the huge statue he had in mind. What he found was Bedloe’s Island, and he returned inflamed with ideas. Bartholdi and his men designed and built the statue which was paid for by donations from the French people. The Americans paid for and established the foundation. Finally, on October 28, 1886, the statue was revealed for the world to see!
Conclusion. A fine, elementary read with lots of illustrations.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret