Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty

Give me your tired, your poorYour huddled masses yearning to breathe freeWho 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 freeWho 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
Emma s Poem The Voice of the Statue of Liberty Give me your tired your poorYour huddled masses yearning to breathe freeWho wrote these words And why In Emma Lazarus deeply moved by an influx of immigrants from Eastern Europe wrote a sonne

  • Title: Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty
  • Author: Linda Glaser Claire A. Nivola
  • ISBN: 9780547171845
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty”

    1. 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 sh [...]

    2. 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 inspiratio [...]

    3. 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 Libert [...]

    4. 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 hel [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 acti [...]

    7. "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 m [...]

    8. 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 depic [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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

    11. 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 h [...]

    12. 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 go [...]

    13. 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.

    14. 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. 

    15. 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.

    16. 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.

    17. 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.

    18. 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!

    19. 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"

    20. 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 [...]

    21. 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!

    22. 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 [...]

    23. 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 [...]

    24. 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 b [...]

    25. 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 te [...]

    26. 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 th [...]

    27. 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 [...]

    28. 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 L [...]

    29. 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 [...]

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