Hit the road and see America with the Statue of Liberty!
The Statue of Liberty is feeling a little blue, despite being green. As much as she loves welcoming people to America, standing still for over a hundred years has left her with a stiff neck, aching arms, and a cramp in her leg. This lady could use a vacation!
With some encouragement from her friend Moe the pigeon, Lady Liberty takes off to see the rest of America! She explores the sandy beaches of Cape Cod, the waving wheat fields of Kansas, the breathtaking grandeur of the Grand Canyon, and the cozy sunshine of the California coastline. But will Lady Liberty make it back to New York City for the Fourth of July? And will she even want to?
"Lady Liberty's journey [is] lighthearted and fun."--Publishers Weekly
"A fun and fabulous read for a Fourth of July storytime."--School Library Journal
In this freewheeling tale, the Statue of Liberty steps off her pedestal to tour natural and man-made U.S. landmarks. Arena (Besos for Baby) and Hunt (Worm Weather) pool their talents and senses of humor to set Lady Liberty free after she complains that she's bored of the same scenery, and has sore arms and a leg cramp that's lasted "for a decade at least." Sneaking off, the statue washes sand from the beaches of New Jersey and Cape Cod off her feet at Niagara Falls, sits atop the St. Louis Arch, hikes the Rockies, naps on the Golden Gate Bridge, and perches on a Grand Canyon ledge, where "for once in her life, Lady Liberty felt small." The book's visual comedy mostly derives from the statue's gargantuan size one particularly funny scene shows the statue photo-bombing the presidents at Mount Rushmore, perplexing tourists. Arena includes information about the statue's history and statistics in a closing note, but leaves those details out of the story, keeping Lady Liberty's journey lighthearted and fun. Ages 5 8.