WHEN I FIRST CAME TO THIS LAND by Harriet Ziefert

WHEN I FIRST CAME TO THIS LAND

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a lighthearted look at the immigrant experience, Ziefert retells a cumulative 19th-century American poem that describes a cheerful man who comes to the US, buys a farm, sets up house, and makes a life. The verses are catchy and fun: With each page, the farmer explains what he has taken on, and what he names it. “I called my horse/I’m-the-boss!/I called my plow/Don’t- know-how!/And I called my farm/Muscle-in-my-arm!” Shack, cow, wife, and son also show up, with the son taking over the last verse by naming his duck, mother, and father. Taback’s bold, bright illustrations portray the charming farmer in a series of mishaps that add fun and meaning to the verse. Antique ads, photos, ticket stubs, newspaper clipping, and stamps pasted into the art augment the period of history in a grand story about a brave generation who won’t soon be forgotten. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: May 18th, 1998
ISBN: 0-399-23044-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1998




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