A new approach to the Statue of Liberty fills a need for readers in this 8-11 age bracket, a need not wholly met by the more mature biographical treatment of Bartholdi in Willadene Price's book, Bartholdi and the Statue of Liberty (1959). The focus here is on the history of the statue and all who contributed to her creation. The proposal came from Edouard de Laboulaye as "". . a common work of both our nations"". These words linked with a visit to America inspired the genius of sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, who put years of work into fashioning the gigantic figure. The fund raising efforts, as the statue was finished but not mounted or installed, the roles of Joseph Pulitzer and Emma Lazarus, all come alive in the vigorous prose of the author, who recognizes to the full the symbolic significance. Photographs and historic engravings, a guide to the statue and the statistics thereof, give this added value for schools, and for individuals or groups planning to visit New York Harbor -- and the famous statue.