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Give me your tired,  your poorYour 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 pGive me your tired,  your poorYour 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)...

Title : Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty
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Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-15 03:45

    A very fine biography of Emma Lazarus, who wrote "The New Colossus", the poem that helped the Statue of Liberty become more than just a gift of friendship and gratitude from France to the USA, but a symbol of hope and welcome to thousands of immigrants to her shores. Pleasantly told and easy enough for even young readers to follow, nevertheless this contains some fine information such as how upper-class women in Emma's time were not supposed to mingle with the lower classes--but Emma did, and she helped them learn English and train for jobs so that they could give back to their new country. Also, famous American writers like Mark Twain and Walt Whitman were invited to write something to raise money for the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty, but only Emma's poem was read at the 1883 fund-raiser celebration. The illustrations, while not quite my cup of tea, are very nice and provide good period detail. I also appreciated the facsimile of the poem, written in Emma's hand. Another nice touch is the photographs of the author's and illustrator's immigrant parents and grandparents--just one more way to show how many immigrants have come to America and how many of them (and their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren) have contributed to this country in many positive ways.

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-02-23 07:29

    I knew nothing about Emma Lazarus before reading this book. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t know (or remember) who composed the famous “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” poem. It was Emma.I loved this book because between the book proper and the author’s note, this book covers her entire life. For many reasons she’s a woman to be emulated. I greatly admire here. Emma’s story, and the stories of the immigrants she cared about, are as inspirational as is the Statue of Liberty.I adore this book’s illustrations. I found them completely engaging, and thoroughly enjoyed viewing the many details on every page. The pictures really shine and beautifully complement all parts of this story.This is a fine book for learning about the history of the Statue of Liberty, a bit about immigration in the 1880s, especially of Jewish people, and I learned a fair amount about Emma Lazarus and I was delighted to do so. I hope there are many more people just like her around today! 4 ½ stars

  • Nicole Bills
    2019-03-03 03:55

    This book was nicely written and encapsulated Emma Lazarus so well and presented us with interesting information about her. Emma Lazarus was a famous writer and activist of her time. This text shows the importance of doing what you believe is right, doing what you love, and not letting people change who you are. She expressed genuine concern for those who were not as well off as she, and she intended to write about it. Emma's poem won and she was able to help raise money for the Statue of Liberty's pedestal. Emma's poem, "The New Colossus" was engraved and put inside of the monument. This biography would be a great read for grades 3-5.I could see many conversations coming up from this book. For example, this book is an excellent example of helping others and doing the right thing. Emma did not care that people thought she shouldn't be helping immigrants; she did what she thought was right. In addition, this could bring up discussions about women's rights. It was frowned upon for Emma to even be writing her thoughts down on paper for publishing. I would be interested to see what my students thought of that. Students could also learn many valuable lessons from Emma, such as: following your dreams, doing what you love, and giving back to others. Not to mention, students would learn a bit more of the history behind the Statue of Liberty. This was a WOW book for me because I learned something new. The only thing I knew about the Statue of Liberty was that France gifted it to the United States and that it represented freedom and democracy. However, I was not aware that Emma's poem is displayed inside of the monument. This book was engaging and I found myself rooting for Emma because she stood up for everything she believed in, even if it wasn't the popular opinion.

  • Margo Tanenbaum
    2019-03-10 23:57

    Very nicely done picture book biography of Emma Lazarus, best known for writing the poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty that has become nearly as famous as the statue herself. We see Emma as a small child, with "plenty of everything," growing up in an environment of people who had "plenty of everything." We see her in her privileged setting, but then Emma visits Ward's Island and meets very poor immigrants, Jews like herself who had made the long, hard journey to America. Emma wants to help them, and begins to write about the immigrants in the newspaper and in poems to raise awareness of the poverty in which they lived. When Emma hears about the statue being constructed in France, she is asked to write something for a collection that would be sold to help pay to construct a pedestal for the great statue. Although the statue had nothing to do with immigrants, Emma imagined how it would be the first thing new arrivals would see as they entered New York Harbor, and decided to write a poem from the point of view of the statue. The author describes how Emma didn't see the statue erected, but after her death the poem was engraved on a plaque and placed inside the entrance to the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty for visitors to read. The poem became so famous that schoolchildren learned it and the poem was even set to music by Irving Berlin. The book includes an author's note with additional historical details and of course the complete text of the poem, entitled "The New Colossus."

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2019-03-16 23:34

    I learned a lot from this book. I only knew Emma Lazarus as a poet. I didn't know that she was also a humanitarian who worked with immigrants to teach them how to read and to help them find jobs. After reading this, I wanted to grab a book of her poetry and read more. I also didn't know that "The New Colossus" changed the image of the Statue of Liberty from a gift from France to a welcoming symbol of hope to immigrants. One poem did all that! Emma initially wrote her poem to help raise money for the pedestal for the statue to stand on. The book stated that other poets of the time wrote poems too. I was hoping I could find a collection of those poems, but after searching on Google Books and Project Gutenberg, I concluded that they must have been published individually and not as a collection. Emma's Poem would make a great introduction to a study of the immigrant experience or of the Statue of Liberty. Highly recommended!

  • Leslie Morrison
    2019-03-13 05:56

    This intimate, warm biography of Emma Lazarus shows clearly the obligation we all have to reach out and help others in any way we can. Emma uses her considerable talent for writing and speech-making to change the hearts and minds of the country, to help people better understand the challenges faced by immigrants from around the world. She cast the Statue of Liberty as a symbol for our spirit, in that we are obliged to not sit back and watch the less fortunate struggle. Instead, we must take action and not only allow immigrants to settle in the United States but to embrace them, to become their safe harbor and their home. This view was not without controversy. This topic of study can be enhanced by supplementing the book with other accounts of this time period, including a closer look at the challenges and prejudices suffered by immigrants, which often stemmed from the fear and economic hardships endured by the working class people who were here to receive them.

  • Mary Hoch
    2019-03-07 04:55

    "Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of yourteeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"These are words that greet the millions of people visiting the Statue of Liberty, thanks to Emma Lazarus. This book tells the story of how Emma came to create a voice for the statue through her poem, which was completed in 1883. Her poem, along with the work of other writers, was used to raise money for the pedestal that the Statue of Liberty stands on. Emma's bold words caused the statue to become the mother of immigrants, welcoming their arrival with her torch.This story is appropriate for all grades. It can be used in thematic units about immigration, Jewish history, the Statue of Liberty, and poetry.

  • Crista
    2019-03-14 07:51

    2011 Jane Adams Award WinnerBased on a true story, this book tells of writer Emma Lazarus who is most famous for giving the Statue of Liberty her famous phrase back in 1883. Emma enjoyed working with the immigrants who came into our country through Ward’s Island. When the Statue was coming to America, Emma wrote a poem to help raise money for the pedestal. Today, that poem is just as famous as the statue itself. “Give me your tired…”The colorful illustrations do an excellent job of depicting the 1800’s. The text is set so that it looks like poetry on every page. I love how the front cover is modern time will the back is the 1800’s. This is a great book to use when teaching immigration, the power of one person, or even the power of words.

  • Kate Hastings
    2019-03-01 00:29

    THIS WAS AN AMAZING BOOK! When the Statue of Liberty was being built, it was in no way related to immigration. Emma Lazarus, a wealthy woman in New York city, worked with immigrants in a city/culture that generally ignored and loathed immigrants that would bring the country down. To raise money for the statue's pedestal, she was asked to write a poem. And that is where, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." came from. It will give you chills!Use for a unit on national symbols, immigration and tolerance. Beautiful. Grades 2-7.

  • Kristine
    2019-03-10 03:59

    This is a book aimed at children ages 5 and up. It keeps attention by describing how the Statue of Liberty came about and what Emma's Poem is and where it is located. This may hit home to some recent student immigrants where they could share their own experiences. Jane Addams Award Book

  • Charly Carbray
    2019-03-04 02:46

    In this story, readers get an inside perspective behind the poem inscribed on the statue of liberty: America's symbol of welcoming. Emma was the poet who eventually came up with the saying, but not without careful consideration first. She was moved by the masses that she saw in New York City; tons of poor families, just trying to make a way for themselves. And so she derived the poem that would be America's first words to immigrants looking for a better life.. "Give me your tired, your poor Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . . "Once again, I'm a big fan of historical fiction! However, this one wasn't my favorite. Although interesting, I wasn't captivated by the illustrations. Although very creative, I think that the story of the statue of liberty has been told better before. In my class, I would probably include this in a text set on immigration, or the statue of liberty. For my art methods class, I actually did a lesson on the statue of liberty and on Ellis Island, and think this would be a great book to read as an attention getter for the beginning of the lesson.

  • Amy
    2019-02-26 23:50

    A picture book biography of Emma Lazarus who wrote the poem about the Statue of Liberty--a poem that has been viewed by millions of visitors, that has welcomed immigrants to our shore for more than a hundred years, and is still a powerful message of what our country has always meant to the world: "Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, /The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. / Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, / I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" These words resonate so strongly, especially now, as America's new president has implemented bans on immigrants. Emma's words bear remembering...and repeating...and upholding.

  • Deb Tietz
    2019-02-27 23:53

    This is a beautiful picture book that speaks to the immigration issue today and what our country is founded on. How many of our privileged forgot their immigrant roots and the desire to live the American Dream? I look forward to sharing this with my students, many of whom are new to this country.

  • Breanna Riley
    2019-03-23 23:40

    This book is a great way of introducing the topic of immigrants to younger students, the reasons why immigrants were/are looked down on, and how to change this notion. Emma chose to speak her mind in a time where women were barely heard, and her thoughts, her feelings, and her values ended up on one of the most important American Icons. 

  • Stephanie Watson
    2019-02-25 00:49

    Beautiful illustrations, nice text, incredible story. As the title implies, it's more the story of Emma Lazarus and how she came to write the poem than it is the story of the Statue of Liberty itself - but it captures the true meaning and purpose of the Statue.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-24 05:51

    Written on more of an elementary level, this book focuses heavily on the humanitarian side of Emma, painting her as a rich woman who deigned to minister to immigrants. it does describe the contest and how the poem was written.

  • Meleah Brown
    2019-03-20 04:43

    This is such an inspiring story. Emma is an amazing character with great intentions.

  • Pam
    2019-03-16 04:59

    Informative text about the poet, Emma Lazarus, who wrote "The New Colossus" as part of the fundraising effort the The Statue of Liberty's pedestal.

  • Kary
    2019-03-13 03:40

    I really enjoyed this story about Emma Lazarus who ended up writing the poem that is on the plaque at the Statue of Liberty. very Interesting!

  • Janine Darragh
    2019-03-09 23:38

    I really enjoyed reading the story behind Emma Lazurus, the poet who wrote the words that are now on the Statue of Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."

  • Savanah
    2019-03-19 06:29

    Reading Level: Guided Reading: K (Lexile: 300-399)Interest Level: K-3Genre: BiographyMain Characters: EmmaSetting: New York, 1883Point of View: NarratorAward: Jane AddamsThis is a really great story that tells the life of Emma Lazarus. She is introduced to the reader as a young Jewish girl who had a lot of everything; money, dresses, food, and love from her family. She loved to read and write and started spending most of her time creating stories and poems. For so many years of her life, all she knew were the people around her who always had plenty of riches. However, she visited Ward’s Island in New York. This is an area in which many immigrants came into the United States. She was then introduced to a different type of people; people who a whole lot of nothing. They were hungry, sick, and poor. She decided she wanted to help out so she began to teach these immigrants how to read, write, and speak English. She helped them find jobs and make a life for themselves. Around the same time, the Statue of Liberty was being constructed for the United States as a gift from France. It was to be put in the harbor, being one of the first things immigrants would see when coming to America. Emma was asked to write a poem to generate fund to pay for the stand in which the statue would be placed. Emma wrote a beautiful poem that still makes her famous today. She was able to give the immigrants coming to America a voice through her written words saying, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” There is so much to be taught from this book. I would probably want to introduce this book in literacy when I want to talk about biographies. I may also want to use this book when teaching about poetry and how just a few words can have such an impact. However, I would most likely want to use this book for a social studies lesson. This lesson brings up many talking points and topics such as immigration. There is also room to talk about the culture then and now. The author makes a point to talk about all the riches Emma’s family had while also mentioning that during that time, it was looked down upon that Emma associate someone of her prestige with people that had close to nothing, immigrants.

  • Shelli
    2019-02-22 00:46

    Emma's Poem is an important read to share with younger students; in today's political world now more than ever. A beautiful reminder of what the United States was founded on. Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breath free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

  • Veronica Diaz
    2019-03-11 03:55

    Main Characters: Emma LazarusSetting: New York CityPOV: NarratorGrade Level: K-2ndReading Level: Fountas-Pinnell - MGenre: Biography This is a non-fictional book centered on Emma Lazarus. She is a famous author, who grew up around people who had a lot of things. Later in life, she was still around people who had a lot of things. Until one day she met immigrants that were poor and didn’t have the things that the rest of the people she knew had. She felt bad for them. They were Jewish, just like Emma. Unfortunately, the Jewish immigrants were treated poorly where they came from, and they arrived in America with very little to their names. In these days, it was common for someone of Emma’s stature to stay far away from the poor. Emma didn’t agree. She felt it is was the right thing to do to help them and teach them the English language so that they can succeed. She explained to others that if they were good to the immigrants and helped them, these immigrants would be grateful, and they would in turn help their country. When the Statue of Liberty was being built, she was asked to write a poem. This poem was also read at a ceremony to help raise money for the pedestal in which the statue would sit on. Her poem inspired people across the country, and is famous to this day. Eventually, her poem would be engraved inside the entrance to the statue of liberty. Her words will live on forever as a welcoming to immigrants into the United States of America.This book is very useful in a classroom to teach about a specific subject. The Statue of Liberty is an icon for America, and this is a very important part of its history. It is an interesting piece of history that is presented in a way that will keep students interested.

  • Carrie Tahlor
    2019-03-17 07:42

    This well written biography is the story of Emma Lazarus, the child of a wealthy Jewish family in New York, and the author of "The New Colossus," the poem inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty. This story is beautifully written in language appropriate for young elementary school students, and the beautiful illustrations bring the words of the text to life. The author, Linda Glaser, is the grandchild of Jewish immigrants to the United States, and she dedicates this beautiful introduction of Lady Liberty and its poem to immigrants then and now. While Emma Lazarus was born into a wealthy family, she was first exposed to the many immigrants entering New York when she took a walk at the harbor. From that point forward, Emma made it her mission to help the new immigrants adjust to life in the United States by teaching them English, finding them jobs, and helping them with basic necessities. Around the same time period, the most well known authors were asked to write something to raise money for the construction of the pedestal that Lady Liberty would eventually sit on. While the statue originally had nothing to do with immigration, Emma imagined her standing guard over the harbor, beckoning to incoming ships of immigrants. She knew that this would be the first thing that many immigrants saw as they entered the United States. Emma's poem has become the symbol of welcome to generations of immigrants over the years. This story highlights the very best of the American immigration story, and the very best of the people who help them settle in and succeed. This book is an excellent teaching tool for young children.

  • Widad Hussein
    2019-03-13 06:39

    I couldn't find the lexile level for this book but it geared to students between K-2nd grade. The main character is Emma and it's written from the point of view of the statue. This takes place in New York. This book is about Emma Lazarus who comes from a wealthy Jewish family but despite the privileges she had, she wanted to be a voice for the immigrants who were coming in. Using her words of poetry, she began writing details of what she was seeing, how she was able to help out, and the things being done in NY. One of her phrases "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddles masses yearning to breathe free" is one of the most popular and most famous being heard of that's written on the Statue of Liberty. Some of the main ideas of this book is peace, freedom, and equality. I would defintely recommend this book because it gives the reader a great insight of the Statue of Liberty and the meaning behind it. The words of Emma's poetry are beautiful and the illustrations captured everything really well so the kids would be invested in this. I myself really liked this book. I've heard of that famous phrase so many times without knowing any background information about it. The fact that I was able to gain that knowledge through this sonnet was awesome. Always stand up for what you believe in.

  • Daniela
    2019-02-26 04:54

    Grade Level: K-3Main Characters: Emma LazarusSetting: New YorkPOV: third person (verse)Summary:This is a story told in verse about the poet Emma Lazarus. The book starts with Emma as a little girl who "only knew people/who had plenty of everything". She thought everyone lived like her until she visits the New York Harbor, where she encounters impoverished and tired immigrants coming to the United States for freedom and a better life. When she is older she starts to help incoming immigrants by teaching them English and helping them find work. During this time famous writers were asked to help raise money by writing something in commemoration of the building of the Statue of Liberty by the French. This is when Emma writes her famous poem "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses..."Classroom uses/themes:This book has many themes such as the immigrant experience, freedom, and expression through poetry. Students can research the time period, research other influential women in history, and create their own poetry about what freedom means to them.

  • Laura
    2019-03-16 06:50

    Emma Lazarus wrote the poem that most of us associate with the Statue of Liberty. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Raised as a privileged Jewish girl in New York City, Emma didn't know many immigrants or poor people. Exploring her city, she meets people from many backgrounds and reaches out, teaching immigrants English and helping them find education in their new country. When the Statue of Liberty was brought to New York, poets and writers around the country contributed to a book to raise money for the pedestal. Emma's poem was the only one read at the celebration but she died before the statue was fully erected. Her poem's powerful message spread throughout the United States and is now part of our American culture. Nivola's illustrations are colorful and charming and enhance Glaser's clear narrative. I especially liked that the end pages included copies of the poem in Lazarus's handwriting. Recommended for grades 2 - 4, this is a great selection for immigration units.

  • Liz Strode
    2019-03-22 00:53

    Jane Addams Award Winner 2011Themes: peace, equality, social justice, immigration, compassion, new beginnings, freedom, friendship of mankind We have all heard the lines "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled massess..." and we have an understanding of the symbolic nature of the Statue of Liberty. But "Emma's Poem" is a biography of Emma Lazarus the wealthy Jewish girl from New York City who grew up to be a well-known writer. Glaser tells the story of a compassionate woman who is troubled by the plight of the immigrants she mets at Ward's Island in New York Harbor. We learn how Emma defied the norms to befriend and help immigrants. The story goes on to explain how Emma became the author of one very important sonnet.Such an important story; great for use in the classroom to teach not only the historical significance but also the lessons of peace, equality and social justice.

  • Alma
    2019-03-01 03:46

    Glaser, Linda. Emma’s Poem, The Voice of the Statue of Liberty. Houghton Mifflin for Children. 2010. 32 pp. ISBN 0547171846. Genre: Historical Non-Fiction, Picture, BiographyRating: 4.16 Stars. Emma Lazarus wants to help the immigrants and help raise money to bring the Statue of Liberty over here from France.Summary: A look into how Emma Lazarus helps the immigrants, helps raise money to bring the Statue of Liberty over here from France, and how her poem becomes famous. Main Characters: Emma Lazarus – Author of The New ColossusKey Issues: immigrants, Statue of Liberty, prejudice, poetry, women’s rights Other interesting information: Sydney Taylor Book Award Nominee for Younger Readers (2011), Minnesota Book Award Nominee for Children’s Literature (2011)Beautiful pictures & interesting content. (High interest-low level 4.2, Lexile level 790)

  • Nani Yanagi
    2019-03-18 05:34

    This poem is about a real woman named Emma Lazarus who lived in New York. Emma was brought up in wealth and at a young age, she was introduced to the harsh living conditions of the immigrants. Even though she was told to stay far away from the immigrants, she wanted to help them. She spent her time teaching them how to read and learn English. As she grew older she decided to raise money for the statue of liberty by writing a poem about the life of these immigrants. This story really inspired me because I believe that women are underestimated for their judgement and effort. Emma went against what her family, friends, and common people said. She believed that she rather help them than just ignore them. With her belief and effort, she was able to make history by writing a poem that is now placed at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty.