Cover image for Her right foot / Dave Eggers ; art by Shawn Harris.
Her right foot / Dave Eggers ; art by Shawn Harris.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2017]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm
In this honest look at the literal foundation of our country, 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 message of acceptance that is essential to an entire country's creation.
Audience/Reading Level:
Ages 5-8.

K to Grade 3.


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"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.
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 of an entire country's creation.

APublishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
ASchool 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

Author Notes

Dave Eggers was born on March 12th, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts. His family moved to Lake Forest, Illinois when he was a child. Eggers attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, until his parents' deaths in 1991 and 1992. The loss left him responsible for his eight-year-old brother and later became the inspiration for his highly acclaimed memoir "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius". Published in 2000, the memoir was nominated for a nonfiction Pulitzer the following year.

Eggers edits the popular "The Best American Nonrequired Reading" published annually. In 1998, he founded the independent publishing house, McSweeney's which publishes a variety of magazines and literary journals. Eggers has also opened several nonprofit writing centers for high school students across the United States.

Eggers has written several novels and his title, A Hologram for the King, was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. His most recent work of fiction, entitled The Circle, was published in 2013. He latest nonfiction book is The Monk of Mokha, published in January 2018.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The history of the Statue of Liberty is well-known: Frenchman Édouard de Laboulaye conceived of the idea of a monument for the United States's centennial and persuaded artist Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi to design it. Eggers starts his own story of the statue slowly, playfully ("Did you know that the Statue of Liberty comes from France? This is true. This is a factual book"). Newcomer Harris's friendly cut-paper spreads show the colossal statue looming over the men who build it. After detailing Liberty's installation in New York, where it welcomed waves of immigrants, Eggers makes a startling observation: the statue's right foot is raised: "She is on the move!" And why is this? "Liberty and freedom from oppression are not things you get or grant by standing around," Eggers asserts. "These are things that require action. Courage. An unwillingness to rest." Harris represents Americans of all colors-veiled, in hardhats, in yarmulkes, in hoodies-talking together, admiring the statue, becoming citizens. Eggers's crucial and timely re-examination makes Liberty an active participant in a debate that is more contentious than ever. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

In digressive, idiosyncratic prose, Eggers outlines the history of the Statue of Liberty, gradually leading readers into the detail hes really interested in--the statues right foot, poised as if to take a step. While it takes rather a long time to get there, the books point that the Statue of Liberty is an immigrant, too. And this is why shes moving is well made and worthy of attention. However, Eggers clutters up the resonance of his theme with arch posturings (You have likely heard of a place called France, begins the book) and twee asides (in teasing us about the statues intended destination, Eggers asks, Is she going to the West Village to look for vintage Nico records?). Such fatuities surround the interesting facts about the statues construction and Eggerss heartfelt thoughts about its meaning with a sea of banality. While the construction-paper collage illustrations arent always stylistically coherent from page to page, individual illustrations are frequently arresting, such as a silhouette portrait of the statue seemingly gliding past a full moon in a salmon-hued sky. roger Sutton (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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