THE GOLDEN DOOR by Hertha Pauli
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Hertha Pauli was co-author with E.B. Ashton of an adult book, I Lift My Lamp (Appleton-Century) concerned with the Statue of Liberty. Now comes this story, fictional in some of the characters, factual in content and background -- a story for all ages, of the part some children played in bringing the installation of the statue to public notice through the medium of the World and the interest of Joseph Pulitzer. Sam's imagination was fired -- his passions stirred -- by the human side of the story, and he traded on his personal connections with the World to get these facts- and his idea -- across. For he was a newsboy-and his father a type-setter. And the World could do no wrong, in his eyes. A delightful story, based on fact, in that there was a children's campaign -- and Sam did play a real part in achieving the goal he had set. A human story, with laughter and tears closely linked. The Kurt Wiese pictures are uneven in value, but somehow catch the feeling of the symbolism of liberty and the conflicts implicit in the nationalities of the children who overrode these minor issues to work together for one idea. A good book for supplementary reading -- and a good story as well.

Pub Date: Oct. 17th, 1949
Publisher: Knopf