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Chapter 7. Paragraphs Plus > Don't Leave Home Without It: Topic Sentences - Pg. 73

Paragraphs Plus 73 Given by the people of France to the people of the United States as a symbol of a shared love of freedom and everlasting friendship, the Statue of Liberty is the largest freestanding sculpture ever created. It weighs 450,000 pounds and rises 151 feet above its pedestal. More than 100 feet around, Ms. Liberty boasts eyes two and a half feet wide, a mouth three feet wide, and a nose four and a half feet long. Her upraised right arm extends 42 feet; her hand is nearly 17 feet long. Her fingers are close to 10 feet long. The statue has an interior framework of iron that keeps it from toppling over. Topic sentence in the middle ... Business people are dressed neatly--the women in suits or skirts and blouses and the men in jackets, ties, pressed pants, and stiffly starched shirts. The staff in the restaurants and shops are polite to tourists and residents alike. Children stand quietly by their parents, and rarely speak until they are spoken to. Almost all aspects of life on the island are polite and civilized, traceable to the residents' dignity and pride. People hold doors open for each other, wait to get into ele- vators until everyone has gotten off, and step aside to let those in a rush get by. At noon, the shops close and everyone goes home for a two-hour rest. But if you ask the shopkeepers to stay open a little longer, they will often gladly oblige. Topic sentence last ... The brown pelican, Florida's most popular bird, can often be seen perched on jetties, bridges, and piers. The state wetlands boast herons, egrets, wood ducks, and roseate spoonbills (often mistaken for flamingos). On the beach you can find sanderlings, plovers, and oystercatchers. Ospreys, white pelicans, and southern bald eagles call the Florida lakes, bays, and rivers their home. The state bird, the mockingbird, likes living in suburban neighborhoods. Offshore, cor- morants, black skimmers, and terns look for their dinner. Florida's forests shelter quail, wild turkey, owls, and woodpeckers. In all, more than a hundred native species of birds have been