A simple and accessible text conveys the excitement of the creation of the Statue of Liberty and the suspense involved in its building and funding. Sophisticated drawings in black-and-white add further drama and humor and convey the Statue's great size. At 21, Auguste Bartholdi was already a noted sculptor in his native France. Size was an important element in his art, and he vowed to build ""the biggest statue in the world in honor of a grand idea."" How the concept of the Statue of Liberty came to him and the incredible intricacies of her construction make an absorbing tale. Important dates, sizes and weights and Emma Lazarus' poem are appended. A fine addition to the ever-increasing number of books being published about the Statue during her centennial.