Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers

Her Right Foot

If 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 America's most emblematic statue. What they find is about more than history, more than art. What they find in the Statue of Liberty's ri...

Details Her Right Foot

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

Reviews Her Right Foot

  • Elyse
    Wonderful!!!!!!! .....FOR young CHILDREN ... ( and students of life of all ages) Dave Eggers and illustrator Shawn Harris created an awesome children’s book of the Statue of Liberty in mid-stride....and all that she symbolizes. “The lady was on the move”...... “walking out to sea to light the way for those coming to our shores”.....The symbol of America is *welcome*.......as our lady is doing!Dave Eggers book expresses love - tolerance-...
  • 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...
  • Victoria
    A delightful examination of this symbol of freedom, how she came to be and what she stands for, a nonfiction book aimed at children with a powerful message and deeper meaning. Timely and important topics that open up conversations with children (and this adult learned a thing or two as well).Eggers, who founded 826NYC a nonprofit that ‘empowers students to write their own paths forward, undefined by circumstance,’ shows he puts his efforts wh...
  • Betsy
    Consider your country, America. Consider what our teachers have been charged to do. Facing a future where the children of America are inadequate in the realm of nonfiction, our educators have been told to get them to read more factual fare. And slowly, not overnight but within just a few years, nonfiction trade publications for kids have become more and more interesting. The trickle down effect to children’s librarians (who love the literature ...
  • Sheri
    The history and symbolism of The Statue of Liberty including a special look at her right foot! Written in a conversational style that keeps you turning the pages to learn more. A great read!
  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    Fantastic book about this iconic symbol that will leave both children (and adults) with questions about where we are going as a nation.
  • 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.
  • Joe
    The story of the Statue of Liberty is vitally important - now more than ever. As our country becomes progressively closed off from the rest of the world, as our country moves deeper into the heart of xenophobia (thanks, Supreme Court, for backing a racist, anti-Muslim ban!) - we need to remember what our country stands (stood?) for. We are a country of immigrants. Immigrants, incidentally, who stole the land from natives, but that's a different s...
  • 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...
  • Destinee Sutton
    The narrator of this book talks directly to the reader: "Did you know that the Statue of Liberty comes from France? This is true. This is a factual book." The book sort of meanders through lesser known facts about the Statue of Liberty, all very amusing. Then about halfway through, the narrator confesses, "...there is one thing you might not know, and this is the central point to this book -- a point the author apologizes for taking so long to ge...
  • 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...
  • Kazia
    holy moly this book!!
  • Gary Anderson
    Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers is mostly a history of The Statue of Liberty that begins with humor and ends with an important message about America and immigrants. Some of the background is familiar, which Eggers acknowledges, but there are also some surprises. In fact, there is one big surprise involving something important about the statue’s right foot. The narration builds a positive relationship by directly addressing a reader, sometimes tea...
  • Dana Stabenow
    Delightfully told, delightfully illustrated, and I've met her in person and I never noticed, more shame to me.
  • 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!
  • Sandy Brehl
    This is a remarkable book on many levels. The retro art and palette, the pacing and integration of complex information, the depth of content presented in accessible conversational style, and the ultimate conclusion combine to make this an ideal book for middle grade readers. Second person direct address voice is difficult to find in quality books, and this one does it with flair. There is an ironic, nearly snarky, tone, but one that doesn't overd...
  • Roben
    There are many things that I love about being a librarian. One is that I get to read lots of new books. Another is that I am always learning new things. For example, did you know that Lady Liberty is actually walking? I didn't. And I've visited her - seen her in person. I knew a lot of the information David Eggers shares with us in this book - but there were new things that I did not know. And things I would like to learn. I would like to see a p...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Rebecca
    Check out this extra-long nonfiction picture book (by Dave Eggers; art by Shawn Harris) for some emotional, thought-provoking Statue of Liberty trivia. Another great title for an immigration/refugee booklist. Eggers' tone is reminiscent of Lemony Snicket. (One thing I learned: being copper, the statue started out brown, and was brown for at least 35 years, not fully oxidizing into her familiar blue-green until 1920. Wow!)
  • Jordan Henrichs
    Such a unique take on a nonfiction picture book. The focus of this story, the Statue of Liberty's right foot, is so original and when I arrived at the narrator's "central point," I was speechless. The final page and text, is powerful. The artwork is fun and engaging and compliments the narrator's somewhat snarky tone.
  • Kelly
    Incredible. I loved it...just loved it!It's a wonderful age-appropriate book about the Statue of Liberty, where she was built, and how she came to live in the United States. And adorable humor. And the right foot? Read it...learn something new.
  • Colona Public Library
    This book is a must read. The illustrations were excellent. The book explains how the Statue of Liberty was made. There were humorous parts, and plenty of cool facts. Both adults and children will enjoy this book. ~April
  • Jason
    I did not realize that about the Statue of Liberty's right foot, and when Eggers revealed the fact--before he even commented on it--I got chills and knew exactly where he was going with it. I think of the Statue of Liberty in a whole new light now.
  • 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.
  • Megan
    Stunning, moving, and incredibly timely.
  • Kate
    An easily accessible book for kids that teaches interesting facts about the construction of and story of the Statue of Liberty.
  • Maria Caplin
    What a great opener for wonder! What do you already know about the Statue of Liberty and better yet What is special about her right foot?
  • Kate Alleman
    Oh boy, if I had a kid to read this too! I didn't, so I read it to my cat, who slept through it, but I think liked it all the same.