Emma's Poem by Linda Glaser
The Voice of the Statue of Liberty (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards))

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Give me your tired,  your poor
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free... Who wrote these words?  And why?   In 1883, Emma Lazarus, deeply moved by an influx of immigrants from Eastern Europe, wrote a sonnet that was to give voice to the Statue of Liberty.  Originally a gift from France to celebrate our shared national struggles for liberty, the Statue, thanks to Emma's poem, slowly came to shape our hearts, defining us as a nation that welcomes and gives refuge to those who come to our shores.  This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 4-5, Poetry)

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Linda Glaser's grandparents emigrated from eastern Europe in the late 1800's to New York City, where they first saw the huge statue.Also the author of the immigrant novel, BRIDGE TO AMERICA, Ms. Glaser lives in Duluth, MN. Krupinski has illustrated many beautiful books for children.
Published April 5, 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It is because of her poem “The New Colossus” that the Statue of Liberty has become a symbol of welcome to immigrants: The engraved plaque with her stirring words was placed there after Emma’s death.

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Linda Glaser has written her story for young children.

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