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    Lily and Miss Liberty

    Lily and Miss Liberty

    by Carla Stevens and Deborah Kogan Ray

    Against the colorful backdrop of 19th-Century New York, a poor girl ingeniously raises money for Lady Liberty, and helps her friends, too. "An excellent introduction to historical fiction."—SLJ

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Lily and Miss Liberty

Author: Carla Stevens

Illustrator: Deborah Kogan Ray

Interest Level:
2-5

Lexile Framework:
550L

Grade Level Equivalent:
3.5

Guided Reading Level:
N

Age:
7-10

Genre:
Historical Fiction

Subject:
Flags, Monuments, Symbols, Volunteering, Service, Activism, Industrial Revolution and Gilded Age, City Life, Paper Crafts

About This Book

It's 1885, and New York City is alive with excitement: the Statue of Liberty is arriving from France! Eight-year-old Lily agrees with her father that the statue is important as well as beautiful; it will send a wonderful message of welcome to the many immigrant families who come to the United States.

In anticipation of the statue's arrival, the city is trying to raise money to build a pedestal, and Lily is proud that her class will be contributing. But she needs to find her own way to help. Finally she comes up with an idea: she makes Liberty-like crowns and sells them outside her apartment.

Set against a vibrant historical backdrop, this simple chapter book is an engaging story. Lily's creativity and resourcefulness make her a likable character, and her thoughtfulness adds credible depth: When she realizes that some people oppose the fund-raising effort because they believe the money could be better used to feed the poor, Lily understands that freedom of speech is one of the many liberties the statue will represent.

Deborah Kogan Ray's warm black-and-white drawings capture the spirit of Carla Stevens' narrative, making Lily and Miss Liberty both inviting to open and satisfying to read.


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