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Shares basic information about the Statue of Liberty and immigration to the U.S. Gives an idea of why people immigrate and what they experience. Could interest young readers in learning more about the Statue of Liberty.
The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of welcome to all. Immigrants are brave people who come from a variety of backgrounds, overcome challenges, and contribute in many different ways.
Positive Role Models
Immigrants are shown as overcoming challenges and contributing to the United States. Children of different races and religions are shown together as friends or cooperating in an activity.
Shows people of various ethnic backgrounds, ages, and religions as immigrants to the United States. Children of different races and religions are shown happily playing, working, and learning together.
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Violence & Scariness
Two illustrations show mild destruction in the aftermath of war and natural disaster. Text refers briefly to land stolen from Native Americans and to enslaved captives brought from Africa.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Light for All written by Newberry Honoree Margarita Engle and illustrated by Raul Colon is an uplifting tribute to the Statue of Liberty and immigrants. The Statue of Liberty is celebrated as a symbol of welcome and light to all. The book warmly depicts immigrants from diverse backgrounds who come to the United States for various reasons, overcome challenges, and make important contributions. Lyrical text and vibrant illustrations highlight themes of hope, diversity, and acceptance.
Is It Any Good?
This inspiring picture book introduces the Statue of Liberty as a starting point for past immigrants to the United States and a continuing symbol of welcome and hope for those who immigrate today. Light for All shows Immigrants are shown as brave, determined, and involved in their new communities while honoring the places they left. Raul Colon's eye-catching illustrations, especially those of children in familiar situations like playing at a park and learning in a classroom, will connect young readers to the story. The text briefly mentions negative actions of early immigrants, such as stealing land from Native Americans and bringing enslaved people from Africa. This hopeful and uplifting story about immigration celebrates diversity and inspires acceptance and unity.
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