I Have Heard of a Land
"Thomas' mastery with words evokes both the feelings as well as the practicalities that came with the hard journey West. This is a place where a woman can sleep in a sod hut, dreaming of the three-room log cabin she will someday build. Where she plants her crops and all she eats comes from her labor...the evocative artwork by Floyd Cooper shows both how important and how small one person can seem in the vastness of the prairie." -- Booklist (starred review)

Awards:
1999 Teachers Choice Award, The International Reading Association
1999 American Library Association Notable Book Award for Author and Illustrator
1999 Notable Children's Trade Book in Social Studies Award for Author and Illustrator
1999 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book Award

Excerpts from the book:

I have heard of a land
Where a pioneer only has to lift up her feet
To cast her eyes on the rocks
The fertile earth, the laughing creek
Lift up her feet running for the land
As though running for her life
And in the running claim it
The stake is life and the work that goes into it


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Poems © 1998 Joyce Carol Thomas. Illustrations © 1998 Floyd Cooper. Cover © 1998 HarperCollins Publishers.
Copyright © Joyce Carol Thomas



 
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