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Her Right Foot by [Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris]

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'A friendly reminder of how America can be at its best.'

-Entertainment Weekly.

Author Praise for Her Right Foot:

Inaugural National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Jon Scieszka says:

'Beautiful, powerful, funny, moving. Eggers and Harris in perfect thoughtful harmony.'

Jon Klassen, Caldecott Medal Winner says:

'This book makes me happy as a person and jealous as an illustrator.'

Adam Rex, author of Nothing Rhymes with Orange says:

'It may be trite to call a book a love letter to America, but you read Her Right Foot and tell me Eggers and Harris aren’t in love with their country, tell me your heart doesn’t swell.'

A letter from the author:

Dear Reader,

I lived in New York for a few years in the 1990s, but never managed to make it to Liberty Island. Finally, in 2015, my family and I visited NYC, and we took the ferry from Battery Park. For some reason we did this in January. It was raining and cold and the water was gray and choppy. Everyone on the ferry was cold and soaked, and the ferry was crowded and smelled of wet human, but somehow everyone was in a good mood. We were the huddled masses that day, and because there were dozens of languages being spoken, it felt in some distant way like being aboard one of those old ships bringing new Americans in from the sea.

When we got to the Statue of Liberty, I noticed something I never had before, and that was that the Statue of Liberty was in mid-stride. It was a thunderclap moment. I had seen probably 10,000 images of the Statue over the years, and never once did any of them show — or at least emphasize — this seemingly significant aspect of this essential symbol of immigration and welcome. The lady was on the move.

So I started mulling that, what that might mean, and thought it might make a good subject for a picture book, especially given that around that time, the election was nearing and anti-immigrant sentiment was becoming louder and more pervasive.

It’s a baffling aspect of the American species that we periodically forget that almost all of us are immigrants. The symbol of this country is the Statue of Liberty, and the Statue of Liberty is not a symbol of xenophobia, fear, or isolationism. The symbol of America is a symbol of welcome. It’s a woman in a robe walking out to sea, to light the way for those coming to our shores.

I think it’s important that we talk about it. It’s especially important that we talk about it with our kids. The news these days is volatile and unsettling, and our kids are scared. We need to show them how to be brave. We need to learn from their tolerance and curiosity and open minds. We need to teach them what this country is supposed to stand for. And that’s why I wrote this book for them.

So that’s what Her Right Foot is about. It has been beautifully illustrated by a man named Shawn Harris, and I hope you like it.

—Dave Eggers.

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"This book makes me happy as a person and jealous as an illustrator." -Jon Klassen, Caldecott Medal Winner

"I want to hold this book in one hand and a torch in the other and stand on an island someplace so everyone can see." -Lemony Snicket

"With immigration a political hot topic, this heartfelt book couldn't have come at a better time."--Bookends: A Booklist Blog

"Beautiful, powerful, funny, moving. Eggers and Harris are in perfect thoughtful harmony."-Inaugural National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Jon Scieszka

"This upbeat, funny, artistically stunning book about the Statue of Liberty couldn't be more timely."--
Common Sense Media

"The careful layering and pacing of this book is chilling. It demands re-reading and sharing with others."--
Charlotte News and Observer

A Mighty Girl Books of the Year

'ILA Teachers Choices 2018 Reading List

Honor Book

"A fascinating, engrossing tale."--
Entertainment Weekly, The Must List

"One part stand-up routine, one part ode to the values that we as a nation have long held dear. Funny, smart, timely, and true."--Leonard S. Marcus, - historian, critic, and author of
Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing

"Fresh and compelling, and its ending is everything you could possibly want it to be."-
Chicago Tribune

"In Her Right Foot, novelist Dave Eggers and illustrator Shawn Harris spin a fascinating, engrossing tale out of a seemingly innocuous detail - and in the process, reaffirm a prescient message of inclusion. It's a friendly reminder of how America can be at its best."--
Entertainment Weekly

"In Eggers's telling, Liberty is ready not only to greet travelers coming home and those seeking refuge, but to stride forth to welcome them."--
The Washington Post

"Readers needn't be versed in the day's headlines to leave Her Right Foot with an arm in the air, raising not a torch but a fist."--
Shelf Awareness, starred review

A Boston Globe Best Children's Book of the Year

BookPage Best Children's Books of the Year

"Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America's most emblematic statue... What they find in the Statue of Liberty's right foot is the powerful message of acceptance that is essential of an entire country's creation." --
Book Riot

"A timely message and a reminder of what the monument represents."--
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Speaking directly to the reader, Eggers starts out with playful humor that leads to the heartfelt understanding that that stature stands for what we should always aspire to: action, humanity and openness." —
Teaching Tolerance

"Sure to be beloved by adults and children alike."--

"A must-read for every man, woman and child in the land."--
The San Francisco Chronicle

"Eggers's crucial and timely re-examination makes Liberty an active participant in a debate that is more contentious than ever."-
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Cool facts about the Statue of Liberty plus a heart-tugging ending."--
Parents Magazine

Her Right Foot stands far above other Statue of Liberty books, conveying something particularly important and necessary to the times in which we live."--Betsy Bird, A Fuse#8 Production, a School Library Journal blog

"Heartfelt throughout and indisputably timely."-
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Both thought-provoking and a readaloud delight."-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"An unusual and entertaining way to learn about the Statue of Liberty, and a powerful message of what the statue symbolizes. This is a picture book for all ages."--Grace Lin, author of National Book Award Finalist
When the Sea Turned to Silver

Read On Wisconsin! State Reading List 2018-2019

Volunteer State Book Award 2019-20 Nominee

"Perfect family share." --
Charlotte News and Observer

"Eggers and Harris achieve something truly remarkable."--

Chicago Tribune Best Children's Books of the Year

Her Right Foot appeared at just the right time, serving as a palate cleanser to increasingly caustic headlines around immigration."-NPR Best Books of the Year

"Their powerful and timely book shows that Lady Liberty is not just welcoming immigrants and others coming to America, but leading their path." --
Real Simple

"You may know that Dave Eggers is a successful writer for adults. And you may know that he has a way with words. But you may not know that he has written a book about the Statue of Liberty and what's more you may be completely unaware that the book is timely and poignant and deeply meaningful and patriotic in the best sense of the word. It is absolutely the best thing I've seen in a long time."--Betsy Bird, School Library Journal's Fuse #8 blog and co-author of
Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature

"Not only shares the history of one of our most famous statues but also reminds us of the need for diversity and inclusion."--Kid Lit Frenzy

"Witty, moving."-Wall Street Journal

"As enlightening as it is charming."-
The New York Times

"In a time when immigration is a hot-button issue, it's good to be reminded that Lady Liberty continues to lift her lamp beside the golden door."-
Booklist, starred review

"This amazing book builds to a poignant and timely message about the meaning of the Statue of Liberty."--
Imagination Soup

"Unique and important."-
School Library Journal, starred review

"The perfect picture book for our times."--Cool Mom Picks
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Dave Eggers is the author of many books, including This Bridge Will Not Be Gray, The Circle, and A Hologram for the King. He is the cofounder of: Voice of Witness, an oral-history series focused on human-rights crises; 826 National, a network of writing and tutoring centers; and ScholarMatch, which connects donors and under-resourced students to make college possible.

Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives and works in Morongo Valley, California. This is his first book.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B074R7R8DY
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chronicle Books LLC; Illustrated edition (Sept. 19 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 35667 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
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  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 104 pages
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