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I Have Heard of a Land : Trophy Picture Books (Paperback) - Joyce Carol Thomas

I Have Heard of a Land

Trophy Picture Books (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9780064436175
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 6 - 7 years old

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I have heard of a land
Where the imagination has no fences
Where what is dreamed one night
Is accomplished the next day

In the late 1880s, signs went up all around America - land was free in the Oklahoma territory. And it was free to everyone: Whites, Blacks, men and women alike. All one needed to stake a claim was hope and courage, strength and perseverance. Thousands of pioneers, many of them African-Americans newly freed from slavery, headed west to carve out a new life in the Oklahoma soil.

Drawing upon her own family history, National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Thomas has crafted an unforgettable anthem to these brave and determned people from America's past. Richly illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award honoree Floyd Cooper, "I Have Heard of a Land" is a glorious tribute to the Afrian-American pioneer spirit.

00-01 Sequoyah Children's Book Award Masterlist

Industry Reviews

Land was a symbol of freedom to African-Americans, many of them former slaves, who settled the Oklahoma Territory in the late 1800s. The territories they staked out became their homes and then communities where their children could be raised as free. Using an omniscient first-person narration and one woman as the focus of the experience she delineates, Thomas portrays how something as plain as the vast prairie, as simple as a sod hut, could look beautiful to these new settlers. In lyrical language, she also makes clear the hardships of settling the land and surviving cold winters. She recreates in fiction the histories of women, unrecorded except in diaries and anecdotes passed down through generations of her family; a note informs readers of where the facts and writer's license diverge. Cooper's dusty drawings portray both the isolation of the settlers' new life on the prairie, and the strong human bonds that helped them endure; his use of color gives the Oklahoma the look of paradise without sentimentalizing the work such a place entails. (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 9780064436175
ISBN-10: 0064436179
Series: Trophy Picture Books (Paperback)
Audience: Children
For Ages: 6 - 7 years old
For Grades: 1 - 2
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st January 2000
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 19.9  x 0.3
Weight (kg): 0.13
Edition Type: New edition