Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty

Glaser, Linda.  Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty.  Illustrated by Claire A. Nivola. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010 In 1883, Emma Lazarus wrote a sonnet that became known throughout the world as the "voice" of the Statue of Liberty. Born into a world of privilege and intellect,and pushing against the rigid expectations for women of her class, Emma became an activist on behalf of immigrants pouring into New York from Eastern Europe. Her poem, with the call to "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." tied Lady Liberty forever into a symbol of hope and the United States as a safe harbor for the poor and persecuted. In a perfect dance between words and art, Nivola's beautiful, detailed water colors deepen the story and invite children to think about the brave poet, and the courage of immigrants. Winner Book for Younger Children 2011.

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