Author: Barbara Ann Mojica
Illustrator: Victor Ramon Mojica
Publication Date: August 19, 2013
Publisher: Independent – eugenus STUDIOS
Recommended Ages: 4+
Reviewed by: Renee and Danielle (Mother and Daughter)
Since her last trip to Mount Rushmore, Little Miss HISTORY has journeyed more than 1700 miles over land, sea and air to reach her second destination, The Statue of Liberty. This national treasure stands proudly in New York Harbor welcoming all people to the land of freedom and opportunity. In this second book of the series, Little Miss HISTORY will help you discover who thought of the statue in the first place, the values she symbolizes, the architects and engineers who built Lady Liberty, and the little known individuals who contributed their pennies to make her debut in New York’s harbor possible. You will learn about why she remains a promise and symbol of the hopes and aspirations of many people around the world and not just to immigrants coming to America. Come now and follow Little Miss HISTORY as she enlightens you about The Statue of Liberty!
1. In one sentence, what is the book about? This book about a girl named “Little Miss History” who travels all over the world to share the history about some landmarks in the United States of America. In this book, she visits the Statue of Liberty.
2. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? The pictures in the book were cool because there were life action parts and cartoon parts. In one picture Little Miss History’s eyes are creepy because her sunglasses are red and her eyes are bright green.
3. What is your favorite part of the book? I liked how it showed the Statue of Liberty from different perspectives. In some pictures it was the bottom, in some it was the top, and in some of the last ones it was just the torch.
4. What are the most interesting things that you learned from this book? I thought it was interesting that under the green patina of the statue there is copper and it’s two pennies thick. It was also interesting that her crown had seven spikes that represented the seven continents. I didn’t like how there was no information about how tall she was because I wanted to know.
5. If you could travel anywhere in the world what three things would you like to see? I would like to see the Eiffel Tower, the Great Pyramid, and Mount Rushmore.
6. Overall, what did you think about the book? I thought the book was good. It has interesting facts and pictures in it.
7. Who do you think would like this book? I think girls about 5 to 10 years old and boys 5 to 8 (but not older) would like it.
Daughter Rating: ★★★★☆
Daughter Rating: ★★★★☆
My Thoughts: We are so excited to be sharing the second book in the Little Miss History non-fiction educational picture book series by author Barbara Ann Mojica (illustrated by her hubby Victor Ramon Mojica). In this installment, Little Miss History, decked out in pigtails, sunglasses, and hiking boots, visits the Statue of Liberty sharing historical tidbits about its conception, funding, and construction, its transport overseas from Europe, and the meaning behind its different parts. I have to say that by the end of the book, I was inspired to add it to my “must visit someday” list of historical landmarks.
I love the concept behind this series and the focus on historical facts. All too often we are simply aware that important landmarks exist (e.g., the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, etc), and on occasion we are privileged enough to stand in awe before them; but, I think what is sometimes lost is the appreciation for the time, effort, and resources necessary for bringing these beautiful and historical monuments into existence. When we learn, for instance, that children contributed one dollar each to help fund the construction of the Statue of Liberty, I think it gives the reader a different perspective for how the human spirit is inspired by art and architecture throughout the ages.
The illustrations in Little Miss History Travels to the Statue of Liberty are absolutely amazing. The illustrations (including the background) consist of a combination of photos (some in colour and some in black and white) along with some hand-drawn images of Little Miss History, other important historical figures (e.g., poet Emma Lazarus, newspaper editor Joseph Pulitzer), as well as a variety of images of Lady Liberty herself (some very close-up). The combination of real-life photos and drawings, as well as the variations in persespective (i.e., viewing the Statue of Liberty from far away and close-up) provides a visual feast for younger and older readers alike.
One little note … unlike Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore, (which we also reviewed), this book does not say how tall the statue is. Of course, anyone who knows me well knows I’m going to look up that information. So, for the record, the height of the statue itself is 46 meters (151 feet & 1 inch); whereas the height from the base of the pedestal to the tip of the torch is 93 meters (305 feet & 1 inch). More importantly, the statue alone is approximately 34 Danielles tall and 37 Dominics tall. There you have it!
My Bottom Line: Little Miss History Travels to the Statue of Liberty is an excellent non-fiction picture book that is very kid-friendly, has high educational value, and is visually interesting. I can see this book being used by teachers or school librarians in educational settings across the United States. Ages 4+
* This book was provided to us by the author free-of-charge in exchange for our honest review.*
About the Author:
Barbara Ann Mojica is an historian and retired educator living in New York State. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in History. Barbara spent more than 40 years teaching in NYC and holds New York State teacher certifications in Elementary, Special Education, and Administration. She also spent several years as a Special Education Administrator and principal of a special education preschool for developmentally delayed children. Barbara, although retired from teaching, is staying busy: along with her forthcoming series of Little Miss History travel books she writes historical pieces for The Columbia Insider, Pat Fisher and Ed Pollack Editors, under the banner “Passages”. Marrying her love of history and teaching, Barbara hopes her Little Miss History character will inspire children to learn about historical people, and visit landmarks such as the one covered in this book, Mount Rushmore. For more information visit http://www.littlemisshistory.com