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Naming Liberty by Jane Yolen
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Naming Liberty

by Jane Yolen

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This story in unique in that it is told from the perspective of two different people; a little girl who is coming to America with her family and Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, who created the Statue of Liberty. As the girl, Gitl, and her family make their way from Russia to America they are greeted in America by the Statue of Liberty. Gitl realizes that they are free and she feels as if they are being welcomed by the Statue of Liberty. I believe that Frederic Batholdi wanted that for everyone who made their way to America, the feeling of freedom.
I did enjoy that this book told two different stories happening at the same time, eventually being tied together at the end when Gitl is welcomed to America by Frederic Batholdi's statue. ( )
  tejennin | Feb 9, 2019 |
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The book is told by two different people. It is told by a little girl who is moving from Russia to America, and it is told by a man named Frederic Auguste Bartholdi who made the statue of liberty for America. The story is interesting because as the reader we get to see the two sides happening at the same time. Bartholdi is making something grand for America to show how it stands for freedom. The little girl is traveling from Russia to America, and when the girl arrives in America the first thing she sees is the statue of liberty, and she realizes that she is free. That was the point that Bartholdi was trying to make. He wanted everyone to know that they were coming to America to be free and that is why he wanted the statue of liberty to be the first thing that these people saw.

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I actually learned a lot about how the statue of liberty was made that i did not know. It was cool to read about the detail of it and this book gives you the reason behind the statue of liberty-freedom.

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Craft: have the students color their own statue of liberty
Discussion: have the student discuss what they would name the statue of liberty.
  Raeanna_Guth | Oct 31, 2017 |
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The book is about two individuals both coming to America for a purpose. Gilt is a Russian girl who's family is moving to America to escape the problems in their country. The whole the book follows her and her family's struggles coming to America. The journey to the ocean was a difficult one. The family had difficulties with money and food. They sold everything they owned including all their animals for money for the trip. The boat ride across the ocean was difficult. The part of the ship where the people were held was always hot and they would have to go up top to get some air. They were running out of food towards the end of the trip. Simultaneously the book tells the story of Frederic Auguste Bartholdi the man who designed and made the Statue of Liberty. The book goes over his struggles to design the statue and the funding problems he had.
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I really enjoyed this book. It gives a look at two different individuals from two different backgrounds. It gives a history of an iconic American symbol and what it means to the individuals that see it. I think it's an important book to read to kids to show them how important some of our symbols are.
Classroom Extension Activites:
1. Use the book to start discussing immigration and the history of the Statue of Liberty.
2. Have them create their own statue to represent freedom and liberty. ( )
  ShaLee.Hale | Oct 27, 2016 |
“Naming Liberty,” is an interesting book. The book is told by two different people. It is told by a little girl who is moving from Russia to America, and it is told by a man named Frederic Auguste Bartholdi who made the statue of liberty for America. The story is interesting because as the reader we get to see the two sides happening at the same time. Bartholdi is making something grand for America to show how it stands for freedom. The little girl is traveling from Russia to America, and when the girl arrives in America the first thing she sees is the statue of liberty, and she realizes that she is free. That was the point that Bartholdi was trying to make. He wanted everyone to know that they were coming to America to be free and that is why he wanted the statue of liberty to be the first thing that these people saw. It was fascinating to see these two individuals stories side by side and watching both of them grow. ( )
  Emorrison | Oct 4, 2016 |
The accounts of a Russian family split by the gutter of the book with the accounts of a French man, Bartholdi. On one hand you have this family who wants to go to America for freedom and on the other hand, the french are planning on giving America a 100th birthday present. As immigrants the Russian family had a long struggle of getting to America. As a frenchman who was well known, the trips to America were quite simple. No matter how old you are, you deserve freedom. The setting of this book helps the reader establish a timeline for both sides of the story. ( )
  Theresa_Kieffer | Feb 4, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399242503, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:06 -0400)

In parallel stories, a Ukrainian Jewish family prepares to emigrate to the United States in the late 1800s, and Frederic Auguste Bartholdi designs, raises funds for, and builds the Statue of Liberty in honor of the United States' centennial.

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