Her Right Foot
What an interesting time we live in. Our current president has used his excecutive powers to limit immigrants rights and refugees seeking to enter the US. Because of this, Dave Eggers and Chronicle Books made the decision to move the publication of Her Right Foot from Spring 2018 to Fall 2017. And what a beautiful choice to do so.
Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers and illustrated by Shawn Harris is a whopping 104 pages. But when I read the book aloud to my K-2 students, they remained captivated throughout the entire book. Why? Because the symbolism of Lady Liberty transcends and reaches the human spirit. She stands tall for liberty, acceptance, and the pursuit of happiness that even young children can understand. But what sets apart this book from others is Eggers use of imagery in words and Harris' use of illustrations to explain this concept of acceptance. Eggers brings to our attention Lady Liberty's right foot in the story. If you look closely, she's lifting it. What does this mean? What does it represent? It's symbolic for movement - and that this country was founded on movement, people moving to find a better life for themselves. This book allows in-depth conversations to what it means to be American.
After we spent a lengthy discussion about the symbolism of Her Right Foot, we took part in the Children's Illustration Project hosted by Chronicle Books. Children 12 YOs or younger are encouraged to create illustrations for the book inspired by the theme or imagery.
This is what Malachi (7 YO) says: The Statue of Liberty means FREEDOM to me. Her foot is moving because it means people can move here. People who want to make their lives better should be welcomed into our country.
Here's more examples ...
If you'd like to participate in this project, take a photo of your child's illustrations and post it on Twitter or Instagram (if your profile is public) with the hashtag #HerRightFoot. Include the first name of the student illustrators and a few words about what the Statue of Liberty means to them.
If you don't want to post on social media, scan or take a photo of the illustrations and upload at www.herrightfoot.com.
Thank you! Christine