Jewish Values: Liberty's Voice

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32 p.
An outstanding picture book biography of Emma Lazarus, author of “The New Colossus,” the well-known poem on the base of The Statue of Liberty. The story of Emma Lazarus needs to be shared because her contributions to American history as well as the Jewish community deserve to be celebrated. The author’s impeccable research brings Emma to life for young readers. A gifted young poet, Emma becomes a student of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emma’s connection to her Jewish community is also well established. Emma writes political columns about the pogroms in Europe and poverty in America. Although raised in a wealthy family, Emma reaches out to those less fortunate in numerous ways. As a leader of social causes and a passionate humanitarian, Emma Lazarus is a perfect subject for school projects. Emma’s humility and passion make her an appealing and inspiring character for young students. The deeply hued illustrations have a magical quality with just enough historical detail, including a newspaper with the heading “Russian Jews Flee Homeland,” to transport readers to back in time.
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