Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers

Her Right Foot

"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 SnicketIf you had to name a statue, any statue, odds are good you'd mention the Statue of Liberty. Have you seen her?She's in New York. She's holding a torch. And she's in mid-stride, moving forward. But why?In this fascinating, fun take on nonfiction, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of A...

Details Her Right Foot

TitleHer Right Foot
Release DateSep 19th, 2017
PublisherChronicle Books
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Nonfiction, History, Middle Grade, Historical

Reviews Her Right Foot

  • Taryn
    A charming picture book about one of the United States’ most recognizable landmarks. The Statue of Liberty has many symbolic features, but it’s her right foot that captures author Dave Egger's imagination. She's perpetually in motion! Where is she going? Where has she been?This book made my heart swell! The conversational style makes it fun to read aloud. The first half is filled with fun facts about the Statue of Liberty, many that were new...
  • Donalyn
    The illustrations are beautiful and engaging and the message of the book is important and well-communicated, but the voice was off to me. It doesn't read like a book for children and I found some of the humorous asides off-putting and strange.
  • Danielle
    Wow. This book. One for laughs and facts and cries. One for inspiring readers to be on the move for making a welcoming place.
  • Sara Grochowski
    In Her Right Foot, Eggers introduces readers to the engaging history of the Statue of Liberty, from her origins in France, her long journey to the United States, and eventual home on Ellis Island. Facts told in colloquial, declarative statements build to a thoughtful look at Lady Liberty's right foot, which rises as if in motion. Where is she going?, Eggers wonders. His theory that she, remembering her immigrant roots, yearns to meet those seekin...
  • Kazia
    holy moly this book!!
  • Julie Guzzetta
    So great! What a fun concept (definitely something I didn't know)! And the illustrations are perfect for the telling of the story. I loved this!
  • Marybeth
    What a great book! Eggers introduces readers to the engaging history of the Statue of Liberty, including something that I had never heard before: the Statue of Liberty is in mid-stride!! I DID NOT KNOW THIS!!! What does this mean? It's significance? "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." -Dave EggersImportant.
  • Edie
    An important book to have in every library, this book breathes new life into a statue that many of us may have taken for granted. Eggers conversational style reaches out to every reader, reminding them of what they might already know and then giving them new information (and apologizing that it takes him a while to get there). The illustrations are equally engaging, simple and active, bright colors, peopled in all aspects of the creation and admi...
  • Ryan
    This was so much better than I anticipated. Yes the book is heavy on the history of Lady Liberty but it does so with cheek and sass. But the story changes halfway to focus specifically on her right foot, and how she is preparing to walk away. But where is she walking? To welcome new people to this land. The story focuses on her symbolism a friend to immigrants. As a lighthouse for those seeking a new future. A fantastic book that is the perfect l...
  • Amber Webb
    Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers is a must read. The in depth information and attention to detail about the statue was amazing, but the most important part of the book comes in the last few pages when he explains and discusses the statue's for being in motion and the importance of that then and now. This book has such power and voice and will be important for children to hear.. I plan to use this as a #classroombookaday early in the year to help fos...
  • Karen Arendt
    At first I was unsure about the voice of the story. But after a few pages, I began to enjoy the tongue in cheek narration. The author offers many opportunties for discussion about immigration then and now, which is why I suggested this for middle grade readers.
  • Richie Partington
    Richie’s Picks: HER RIGHT FOOT by Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris, Chronicle, September 2017, 104p., ISBN: 978-1-4521-6281-2“Do to others as you want them to do to you. This is the meaning of the law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets.”-- Matthew 7:12“I got stopped by the immigration manHe says he doesn’t know if he canLet me in”-- Graham Nash, “Immigration Man” (1972)“Here is a rendering of Bartholdi and his team--he had a ...
  • Virginia McGee Butler
    Shoe size 879? Really? Dave Eggers, writer, and Shawn Harris, illustrator, set an amusing tone to the facts they weave into their words and pictures in Her Right Foot. The book scheduled by Chronicle Books for spring 2018 moved up in the schedule to September 19, 2017 because of the timeliness of this look at the Statue of Liberty, particularly her right foot. The book, which I read in an advance reading copy from Net Galley, takes turns being in...
  • Pop Bop
    Playful and UpbeatThis book is the kind of project that could easily have drifted into the precious or heavy-handed. The effusive blurbs certainly made me a bit wary. Well, not to worry.Eggers takes an interesting approach. The book starts off playful and lighthearted. We have a bit of fun with the general, you know, Frenchness of the statue. There are a few little jokes that remind us that the statue was after all basically a cool present. We fo...
  • Valerie
    As a middle school English teacher I always found value in using picture books in the classroom. Middle school students aren’t too old to be read to, and mine always enjoyed gathering around as I read and shared the stories and illustrations in many picture books.Both the subject matter and the fact that Her Right Foot was written by acclaimed author Dave Eggers drew me to this book. The story shares lots of facts about one of our most famous A...
  • Alicia
    While I don't like the way it's written: "did you know?" "why don't you ask your parents?" "that's a fact!" I absolutely love the subject matter. I DID NOT KNOW THIS. I love books that teach me something and yes, hundreds of images of the Statue of Liberty and I did not know her right foot is in motion. I also didn't know that Eiffel designed the interior. I also learned that she turned blueish/green around about 1920 from oxidization. As with wh...
  • Barbara
    Colorful illustrations created with India ink and construction paper accompany text that is funny in some places but moving and informative at others. Not only do the book's creators offer a brief history of one of the icons of the United States--the Statue of Liberty--but they also remind readers of what she stands for. They contend that very little attention is given to her right foot, which upon further examination, is not planted firmly on th...
  • Lynn
    This couldn't have published at a better time! Funny, informative, and conversational but above all an inspiring reminder of what Lady Liberty really stands for. I loved this from beginning to end! I freely admit that I didn't remember that the statue has her right foot raised and is "moving on." Terrific illustrations and although Eggers takes his time with the background, every page is a fun lead-in to the important main point.What a great book...
  • Claudia
    An accessible book about the Statue of Liberty with lots of interesting facts, including her color....she was brown until the beginning of the 20th century, when the patina turned her verdi-gris.But. Did you ever notice her stance...her left foot? She is on the move. She is in mid-stride. What rich conversations you could have in the classroom with this fact. Where has she been? Where is she going? Why? What's her destination? What will she do ne...
  • Linda V
    Thank you Net Galley for the ARC to review.Take a look at the Statue of Liberty's right foot - she is going somewhere! After learning the history and facts about this famous landmark, Dave Eggers sparks interest in the possibilities of where that might be and what it means. Although I had been to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, there were many new things for me to learn. I loved the bright colorful illustrations. Although it reads young, ...
  • Emily
    "Liberty and freedom from oppression are not things you get or grant by standing around like some kind of statue. No! These are things that require action. Courage. An unwillingness to rest. ...In welcoming the poor, the tired, the struggling to breathe free. She is not content to wait. She must meet them in the sea."Beautiful. Powerful. Moving. Loved this one.
  • Nikki
    This is a spectacular book that would work very well as a read aloud for 2nd-6th graders and would spark a lot of valuable conversation. Informational without being text heavy, and humorous without being too silly.
  • Bill
    Great point to bring up; many good historical tidbits for child readers. Nice illustration style. Unfortunately--annoying, almost condescending, text.My book has Shawn Harris clearly listed as illustrator. Not sure why Goodreads thinks otherwise.
  • Christi
    "Liberty and freedom from oppression are not things you get or grant by standing around like some kind of statue. No! These are things that require action. Courage. An unwillingness to rest."
  • Lindsey
    We learned some things and were entertained!
  • Jeimy
    This is definitely THE book to read to young visitors who become enthralled with Lady Liberty.
  • Quintina
    A fascinating history of the Statue of Liberty with facts that are not commonly known. Young readers will be enthralled by the history of this iconic statue.
  • Aliza Werner
    This book is perfect. The voice. The content. The illustrations. The topical nature of the story. I. Abbot wait to read this to my students.
  • Mary
    Even better than This Bridge Will Not be Gray
  • Sarah
    A little longer than the traditional picture book but I definitely want to read this aloud and discuss with students.