Let Liberty Rise, How America’s Schoolchildren Helped Save The Statue of Liberty by Chana Stiefel

Happy Book Birthday to a bunch of NJ SCBWI writer-friends!

Hon, you know how much I love Kidlit, especially picture books, so congrats to authors whose picture books have just debuted!

Chana Stiefel’s newest picture book, Let Liberty Rise! How America’s Schoolchildren Helped Save the Statue of Liberty, illustrated by Chuck Groenink, debuted on March 2, 2021.

On America’s 100th birthday, the people of France built a giant gift! It was one of the largest statues the world had ever seen — and she weighed as much as 40 elephants! And when she arrived on our shores in 250 pieces, she needed a pedestal to hold her up. Few of America’s millionaires were willing to foot the bill.

Then, Joseph Pulitzer (a poor Hungarian immigrant-cum-newspaper mogul) appealed to his fellow citizens. He invited them to contribute whatever they could, no matter how small an amount, to raise funds to mount this statue. The next day, pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters poured in. Soon, Pulitzer’s campaign raised enough money to construct the pedestal. And with the help of everyday Americans (including many thousands of schoolchildren!) the Statue of Liberty rose skyward, torch ablaze, to welcome new immigrants for a life of freedom and opportunity!

Chana Stiefel’s charming and immediate writing style is perfectly paired with Chuck Groenink’s beautiful, slyly humorous illustrations. Back matter with photographs included.

Scholastic

Check out “The Picture Book Buzz – Interview with Chana Stiefel” by Maria Marshall to find out what inspired Chana to write this book, where she did research, what she wants kids to take away from the story, and which illustration contains a surprise historical coincidence.

Chana is an author of over 25 books for kids, including My Name Is Wakawakaloch!, Animal Zombies…& Other Real-Life Monsters, and Daddy Depot. @chanastiefel

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America is Beautiful on July 4th

Flags in front of the American Legion post.
Flags in front of the American Legion post, Main Street.

Wishing you a reflective and relaxing July 4th from Main Street…

Hot air balloon at festival in Readington, NJ.
Hot air balloon at festival in Readington, NJ.

To our blue skies…

Liberty State Park, NJ
Liberty State Park, NJ

To wherever you live in the world. 

Ray Charles added his own lyrics to America the Beautiful.

Oh beautiful, for heroes proved,
In liberating strife,
Who more than self, our country loved,
And mercy more than life,
America, America, may God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain devined.
And you know when I was in school,
We used to sing it something like this, listen here:
Oh beautiful, for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties,
Above the fruited plain,
But now wait a minute, I’m talking about
America, sweet America,
You know, God done shed his grace on thee,
He crowned thy good, yes he did, in a brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea.

Hon, I was going to quote John Lennon but then I thought you’d enjoy listening to him yourself.

John Lennon’s Imagine song and video.

Imagine.

Flags Fly on July 4th

Flower Box Flag, Hudson River Park
Flower Box Flag, Hudson River Park, New York City

Happy July 4th!

Did you ever wonder why the American flag is nicknamed Old Glory? Here’s the story behind it.

Sea Captain William Driver (March 17, 1803-March 3, 1886) named the American flag he flew on his ship Old Glory. His flag was sewn by his mother and a group of young, female admirers from his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts.

“Driver was deeply attached to the flag, writing:  ‘”It has ever been my staunch companion and protection. Savages and heathens, lowly and oppressed, hailed and welcomed it at the far end of the wide world. Then, why should it not be called Old Glory?”‘*

Driver retired from seafaring in 1837, bringing his flag with him to Nashville, Tennessee.  When the Confederates tried to seize the flag during the Civil War, Driver saved Old Glory by sewing it into a coverlet.  It remained in hiding until 1862, when Nashville fell to Union troops.

Driver’s original flag and another one he owned were fought over by his daughter and niece.  In 1922, both became part of the collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

Hot Air Balloon Festival, NJ
Hot Air Balloon Festival, NJ

Flags along Fifth Avenue, New York City.
Flags along Fifth Avenue, New York City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uncle Sam in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Uncle Sam in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Statue of Liberty in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Statue of Liberty in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Flag Cow Statue.

Do you know which state this flag represents?  Answer at bottom of post.
Do you know which state this flag represents? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do you know which state flag is pictured above?  Hint: the answer lies in the name of this blog.  Okay, I’ll tell you.  The yellow/black and red/white flag is the Maryland flag.

Hon, what are your plans today? I hope they include fireworks!

*Source:  Wikipedia

 

 

Parade People (and the last parade post!)

The Queen of Hearts
The Queen of Hearts

Hon, this is my last parade post.

As you can tell from the last few posts, I really enjoyed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! The balloons, floats, marching bands and people were colorful, musical and exciting.  Have you ever been to a parade?  What was it like?

New York's Finest right before the parade stared.
New York’s Finest right before the parade started.

Tween Daughter in purple hat and friends.
Tween Daughter in purple hat and friends.

Sea World fish.
Sea World floating fish.  Dancer below.

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Native American Indians.
Native American Indians.

Peppermint Lady
Peppermint Lady

Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty

Teen Daughters
Teen Daughters

"Baby, it's cold outside!"
“Baby, it’s cold outside!”

July 4th Patriotism

Flags in front of the American Legion post.
Flags in front of the American Legion post, Main Street.

Wishing you a reflective and relaxing July 4th from Main Street…

Hot air balloon at festival in Readington, NJ.
Hot air balloon at festival in Readington, NJ.

To our blue skies…

Liberty State Park, NJ
Liberty State Park, NJ

To wherever you live in the world .

Hon, I was going to quote John Lennon but then I thought you’d enjoy listening to him singing Imagine yourself.

John Lennon’s Imagine song and video.

Amen.

NYC State of Mind

Woohoo–I just learned how to create an IMovie!  At first, I wanted to share my photos of The High Line,  an aerial greenway created on a section of the former New York Central Railroad located in Chelsea.  http://www.thehighline.org  Then I added more of my New York City photos and soon I had a 3 minute 32 second slide show set to one of my favorite songs.  The High Line is featured first, followed by Times Square, celebrity sightings, Lincoln Center, Big Bambu and Jeff Koons sculptures on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s roof garden, Central Park, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Yankee Stadium, Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, the Statue of Liberty and a view of Lady Liberty from Liberty State Park.  Hon, I can’t take credit for the pics of Yankee Stadium (and son) or the ones with me in them, but the rest are mine.  Enjoy!