Her Right Foot
by Dave Eggers, Illustrated by Shawn Harris
Pub Date 19 Sep 2017
If you had to name a statue, any statue, odds are good you’d mention the Statue of Liberty. Have you seen her?
She’s in New York.
She’s holding a torch.
And she’s taking one step forward.
In this fascinating, fun take on nonfiction, uniquely American in its frank tone and honest look at the literal foundation of our country, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America’s most emblematic statue. What they find is about more than history, more than art. What they find in the Statue of Liberty’s right foot is the powerful message of acceptance that is essential to an entire country’s creation. Can you believe that?
“Contains too many good ideas for one book to rightfully have in it.”
—Jon Klassen, Caldecott Medal Winner
“I want to hold this book in one hand and a torch in the other and stand on an island someplace so everyone can see.”
"One part stand-up routine, one part ode to the values that we as a nation have long held dear. Funny, smart, timely, and true."
—Leonard S. Marcus, historian, critic, and author of Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing
“Beautiful, powerful, funny, moving. Eggers and Harris in perfect thoughtful harmony.”
— Inaugural National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Jon Scieszka (who also said, in his email, “I really love this book.”)
“It may be trite to call a book a love letter to America, but you read Her Right Foot and tell me Eggers and Harris aren’t in love with their country. You read it and tell me your heart doesn’t swell.”
—Adam Rex, author of The True Meaning of Smekday and bestselling illustrator of The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors
“The words, art, and inspiration in this wise, amusing, and illuminating book express how looking at something familiar from a different angle can-and must-change how we see our world’s past, present, and future.”
—Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library
"Timely, poignant, deeply meaningful and patriotic in the best sense of the word. It is absolutely the best thing I've seen in a long time."
—Betsy Bird, School Library Journal’s Fuse #8 blog and co-author of Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature
"Her Right Foot is perfect. It is timely and utterly delightful."
— Beth Wagner, The Magic Tree Bookstore, Oak Park, IL
“This is the important message for us all right now. The book sheds much needed light on the true meaning of the Statue of Liberty.”
—Myra Zarnowski, Queens College, CUNY
“The message of acceptance is in this moving and inspiring look at the history and meaning of the Statue of Liberty.”
—Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
“Dave Eggers knows a lot about the Statue of Liberty and you might think you do too but there is one thing he notices during a visit with his family that will change how you look at this most defining symbol of America forever.”
—Jesica DeHart, Wandering Bookseller
"Dave Eggers reminds readers that protecting liberty and freedom requires our nation to continually move forward. A gentle, elegant celebration of Lady Liberty."
—Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX
“It truly captures the profound story and the immutable truth of how America's greatness is due in no small part to how we have historically embraced the rich diversity of the people of the world as we welcome them in.”
—Lily Bartels, Open Door Books, Schenectady NY