In 1876, France decided to give the United States a very big and very special presentthe Statue of Liberty. The gift was to commemorate the 100th birthday of the United States, and just packing it was no small feat350 pieces in 214 crates shipped across the ocean. The story of how the 111-foot-tall lady took her place in the New York Harbor will fascinate young readers.
About the Author
Joan Holub is the author of What Was the First Thanksgiving?, What Was the Gold Rush?, and other Who Was...? titles, including Who Was Marco Polo? and Who Was Babe Ruth? She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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What Is the Statue of Liberty?
In July 1976, the United States had a holiday. It was the two-hundredth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. All over the country, towns and cities celebrated. In New York City, there were fireworks, parades, and patriotic speeches. Right in the middle of it all stood that towering symbol of American freedom—the Statue of Liberty!
The statue’s real name is Liberty Enlightening the World, but it’s often called Lady Liberty or the Statue of Liberty. The statue is huge—151 feet and 1 inch tall. That’s about as tall as a tower of thirty-five eleven-year-old kids stacked head-to-toe.
It’s made of copper and is mostly hollow, with a metal skeleton-like support structure inside and stairs so visitors can walk up into its crown. Today about four million people visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island every year.
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It started a long time ago. I was eight when i learned my talent...my name was sarina. My best friend. Was ella. Ella the eagle. The statue eagle... "Hi ella!" Sarina walked over to the statue. To must people. The statue didnt move. But to sarina. She moved everytime she saw it. Ella was her best friend,her only freind. Ella turned to look. "Oh hi sarina! Wanna play?" Ella was stuck to the gate. But they still found games to play even if she was stuck. "Ok. Lets play wing flapper!" Wing flapper was a silly game. But to them,it was really fun. You would flap your "wings" for as long as you can. Since it was the only thing ella could do. These two were the best of freinds for a long time. But things change... everyone knows that... PART TWO NEXT RES! ILL SEND AN ADD WHEN I FINISH PART TWO.
Thats a huge statue