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Auguste Bartholdi

Auguste Bartholdi
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     challenging words:    sandstone, sheeting, persuasive, passion, shipment, commission, impressed, framework, majesty, Fundraising, immediately, region, itself, harbor, soldier, renamed
     content words:    Auguste Bartholdi, New York, Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, Lady Liberty, Count Ferdinand-Marie, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Suez Canal, Franco-Prussian War, United States

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Auguste Bartholdi
By Mary L. Bushong

1     Have you ever wanted to do something really big? Auguste Bartholdi liked big things from the time he was a child. When he grew up he became a sculptor who made really big statues. His most famous statue stands in New York harbor. You know it as the Statue of Liberty.
2     Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi was born in Colmar, France on August 2, 1834, to a middle class family. His father died when he was only two, leaving him in the care of his possessive mother. Many people believed that she became the model for the face of Lady Liberty.
3     It was soon obvious that young Auguste was a talented artist. He studied painting at first, but moved on to sculpting. He especially liked to make large sculptures. When he made a trip to Egypt, though, he was impressed by the size of pyramids and the Sphinx. He wanted his own work to mirror the size and majesty of what he saw.
4     While in Egypt he made friends with another Frenchman who loved projects in a grand scale. His name was Count Ferdinand-Marie de Lesseps. He dreamed of making a canal through the desert to join the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. Many people laughed at the idea, but Auguste admired him. His dream was fulfilled in the Suez Canal. Bartholdi wanted to build a great statue to be a lighthouse there, but no one would commission it.

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