|Philip Reid saves the statue of freedom|
Author: Lapham, Steven Sellers
Based on the true story of a bronze statue placed atop the dome of the United States Capitol Building and a slave who was instrumental in putting it there in 1863.
|Added Entry - Personal Name:||Walton, Eugene|
|Illustrator:||Christie, R. Gregory|
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 164231
Common Core Standards
Grade 1 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 1.RI Key Ideas & Details
Grade 1 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 1.RI Craft & Structure
Grade 1 → Reading → RI Informational Text → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Grade 2 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 2.RI Key Ideas & Details
Grade 2 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 2.RI Craft & Structure
Grade 2 → Reading → RI Informational Text → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Grade 3 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 3.RI Key Ideas & Details
Grade 3 → Reading → RI Informational Text → Texts Illustrating Complexity, Quality, & Range of
Grade 3 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 3.RI Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/13)
School Library Journal (03/01/14)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/01/2014 On December 2, 1863, a bronze statue called Freedom was placed atop the dome of the recently completed U.S. Capitol Building. But how was it constructed? To answer this question, we must first begin on a Charleston, South Carolina, farm, where a 10-year-old slave named Philip Reid works with a blacksmith and a potter, pumping bellows and stoking the kiln. When a craftsman named Clark Mills arrives to create a plaster molding on the walls and ceilings of Reid’s master’s home, Reid helps by holding the ladder steady; at the end of the project, Mills buys Philip for $1,500 and makes him his assistant in his Washington, D.C., foundry casting objects in bronze. The government then hires Mills to cast the Freedom statue, but when they arrive at the Capitol to obtain the plaster model, there’s a problem: nobody can detect the plaster’s seams and, therefore, can’t dismantle the gigantic statue to move it. But Reid finds a way. This book about a little-known historical figure and event includes fascinating endpapers, which are Reid’s purchase papers, and an epilogue featuring Reid’s pay stub from the foundry ($1.25 per day). Christie’s rich acrylic gouache illustrations evocatively convey Reid’s life as a slave and his work in the foundry. An important piece of history for kids to know. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 03/01/2014 Gr 3–5—The Statue of Freedom, which sits high atop the dome of the U.S. Capitol, would not be the symbol it is today without the ingenuity of an enslaved African American laborer. Philip Reid was owned by the renowned sculptor Clark Mills and by 1859 was an experienced foundry worker. When Mills was commissioned to cast Freedom in bronze, the two men retrieved the plaster model, only to be met with a conundrum. A room full of craftsmen and engineers were puzzled as to how to dismantle the plaster model for transport without cracking it, thereby making it useless and impossible to cast. Mills offered the expertise of Reid, who, through the use of a tackle and pulley, solved the problem that left so many others perplexed. He not only earned their respect but made a lasting contribution to the heritage of our nation. Commendable in its acknowledgment of the enslaved work force to which we owe much of the nation's capital, the book nonetheless leaves readers with as many questions as answers. Primary sources are reproduced in the back matter, but they offer little insight into actual events. While directly stating that much remains unknown about Reid's childhood, the authors still fabricate parts of the story, providing speculative assumptions on the thoughts and feelings of the individuals involved with no supportive evidence. Yet the story remains a testament to how one man's experience and expertise in his trade can overcome social prejudice and injustice while earning the respect of peers. Christie's striking, evocative illustrations enhance the text. For collections needing materials on themes presented herein, this is a suitable purchase, albeit secondary.—Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.