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Celebrating the Birthday of the Statue of Liberty with Books and Fun

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Happy 131st birthday to the Statue of Liberty!

On October 28, 1886, the Statue made its debut as about 1 million New Yorkers gathered for the ceremony. Sculptor Auguste Bartholdi released a French flag that covered the Statue of Liberty’s face. And then President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty, as a gift from France and a sign of mutual friendship.

One thing missing from the Statute and pedestal was the famous plaque with a poem from Emma Lazarus. She wrote the sonnet as part of the fund raising effort , and it was added in 1903.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!’ cries she

With silent lips. ‘Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


Birthday of the Statue of Liberty | Little Miss History

One of the many books that showcase this Grand Lady of ours is  Little Miss History Goes to the Statue of Liberty by Barbara Mojica.

Little Miss History Liberty
Barbara’s Little Miss HISTORY Travels to children’s book series uses the Little Miss HISTORY character (pictured at left) as a guide. She looks like a wannabe park ranger with pig tails and hiking boots three sizes too big. The aim of these books is to whet a child’s appetite to learn more about history and encourage them to visit the landmarks featured in the series. All seven books in the Little Miss History series have been awarded the prestigious B.R.A.G Medallion as well.
Little Miss History Goes to series
Even as a student who has gone through a year of Advanced Placement American History I learned all sort of interesting factoids while reading this book. For instance, I did not know that the rays on her headband represented the seven continents. I thought that only Laboulaye worked on the Statue, not three other Frenchmen AND an American. What I’m wondering is how they took the statue apart?
That seems like a miraculous deed. This fun story provides interesting facts that delve deeper into the history of our Lady Liberty. Not only are the illustrations beautiful and creative, but they also incorporate actual images of the places discussed. She even includes Anna Lazarus’s poem displayed at the base of the Statue of Liberty.
 Birthday of the Statue of Liberty | Extra Facts:
  • The French made two smaller replicas of the statue; one in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris and the other on an island in the Seine river. They look toward the Atlantic Ocean, towards their big sister. There is a third replica in the hometown of Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, Colmar as well.
Liberty Luxembourg gardens paris
Liberty Paris Island
Birthday of the Statue of Liberty | Something to Do
Headband and Torch Craft from Buggy and Buddy:
Statue of Libery Crown
Visit the Torch Cam: Live Streaming from the Torch
Live Streaming from Ellis Island
Stamps and Coins from
Statue of Liberty stamps
The American Immigrant Wall of Honor at Ellis Island, the largest Wall of names in the world, pays tribute to America’s rich cultural heritage, celebrating American immigration from its earliest beginnings right up to present day.
Learn about the Peopling of America at
Ellis Island
Brainpop on the Declaration of Independence:
Do you have a favorite Lady Liberty or Ellis Island memory you’d like to share?

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The Fox Diaries
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2 thoughts on “Celebrating the Birthday of the Statue of Liberty with Books and Fun

  1. Thanks for featuring Little Miss HISTORY Travels to the Statue of Liberty in your tribute to Lady Liberty’s 131st birthday. I am glad you found the book informative and interesting.

  2. I love the book A picnic in October by Eve Bunting? It is about the Statue of Liberty. I LOVE IT!! Such a cute story. Have yet to visit but it is on my list! #MMBH

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