Little Miss Liberty, Chris Robertson, Xist Publishing, 2017.

The Fourth of July holiday is upon us. Families and friends will gather for cookouts and fireworks. No doubt tourists will visit the sites of early America, including the Statue of Liberty, a gift given to the new nation from its ally France.

Little Miss Liberty, recently republished in paperback and digital format, chronicles the statue’s life, beginning with her “birth” in Paris. She grows incredibly fast, that her parents can only wrap her in a sheet.

Little Miss Liberty is an avid reader, reading everything and anything she can get her hands on. She is always reading. In doing so, she promotes the idea of being a learner at every age. And she implies that liberty is built through learning and openness to new ideas.  In addition, Little Miss Liberty has a strong will and character.

“Little Miss Liberty was a friend to all. She was especially kind to those who felt different or misunderstood, lonely or sad.”

Robertson wonders less about the origins of Miss Liberty, instead pondering the character of this symbolic figure. The only real fact may be that she stands on a pedestal in New York. But that is not the point.

This little book would be a great addition to a lesson about the Statue of Liberty. It reinforces the metaphor of the statue. Children will pick up that liberty is a “friend to all,” never forgetting the words at the base of the statue:

 

Miss Liberty’s story continues as she journeys to find where she belongs, traveling much of the world before landing on a little island outside of New York City.

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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital review copy.