A Library of the School of EducationDPIUW-Madison School Of EducationUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonUW-Madison LibraryUW-Madison Catalog
Home
About the CCBC
Authors and Illustrators
Recommended Books for Children and Young Adults
CCBC Calendar and Events
CCBC-Net
CCBC Podcasts
CCBC Publications
Intellectual Freedom
Links

Support the CCBC
Support the CCBC
Are you a...K-12 TeacherLibrarianEarly Childhood Care ProviderUW Student / Faculty

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

by Linda Glaser
Illustrated by Claire A. Nivola

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0-547-17184-5

Ages 8-11

“Give me your tired, your poor, / your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, . . . ” (from “The New Colossus”) A friendship gift from France to the United States, the Statue of Liberty had nothing to do with immigration until Emma Lazarus, commissioned to write a poem as part of a publication to raise money to erect the statue in New York harbor, imagined the immigrants who would see it upon their arrival in America and gave the statue a voice—one of fierce compassion. Emma was a wealthy Jewish American writer whose view of the world, and her role in it, had changed after she visited Ward’s Island in New York harbor. “They [the immigrants] were the poorest people Emma had ever seen. Her heart hurt to see them.” Linda Glaser’s prose poem captures Emma Lazarus’s brief life as a woman defying expectations of class and gender to work for and with the poor, and the determination that led her to write the extraordinary piece that forever turned the Statue of Liberty into a symbol of America’s promise. Claire A. Nivola’s lovely watercolor and gouache illustrations pair delicacy of detail with a bold assertion in the cover art that the promise embraces the diversity of all who have and continue to come to the nation’s shores. (MS) ©2010 Cooperative Children’s Book Center


book cover
Book of the Week

ACCESSIBILITY POLICY:
In accordance with the UW-Madison Accessibility Policy, this site makes every effort to comply with the World Wide Web standards defined in the Federal Rehabilitation Act Section 508, specifically subsections 1194.22 and subsection 1194.31. If you need additional resources or have any questions or concerns about this site, please contact the site administrator for more information.
UW crest