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I have heard of a land / by Joyce Carol Thomas ; illustrated by Floyd Cooper.

By: Thomas, Joyce Carol.
Contributor(s): Cooper, Floyd [ill.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: [New York] : HarperCollins Publishers, c1998Edition: 1st ed.Description: [31] p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.ISBN: 0060234776; 9780060234775; 0060234784 (lib. bdg.); 9780060234782 (lib. bdg.); 0064436179 (pbk.); 9780064436175 (pbk.).Subject(s): Oklahoma -- History -- Land Rush, 1889 -- Juvenile fiction | Frontier and pioneer life -- Juvenile fiction | African Americans -- Oklahoma -- Juvenile fictionDDC classification: [E] Awards: Coretta Scott King Honor, illustrator, 1999, ALA Notable Children's Book, 1999.Summary: Describes the joys and hardships experienced by an African-American pioneer woman who staked a claim for free land in the Oklahoma territory.
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Describes the joys and hardships experienced by an African-American pioneer woman who staked a claim for free land in the Oklahoma territory.

Coretta Scott King Honor, illustrator, 1999, ALA Notable Children's Book, 1999.

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K-Gr 4ÄAll who gave their hearts to Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea (HarperCollins, 1993) will have to clear a spot for I Have Heard of a Land. Thomas and Cooper shine again in this powerful tribute to the African-American pioneers who participated in the Oklahoma land runs of 1889 and 1893. This gem reveals some hidden facets as it singles out a lone woman who hears of a place where she has only to "Lift up her feet running for the land/As though running for her life/And in the running claim it," a place where "Her possibilities reach as far/As her eyes can see/And as far as our imaginations can carry us." Thomas's evocative poem is exalted by Cooper's warm, joyous, and majestic paintings of people living out their dreams. The layout and design of the book capture the expanse of the prairie with full double-page spreads and carefully placed text. In an author's note, Thomas provides some historical and personal context. Both she and Cooper demonstrate a love for the raw beauty of the land. Though good readers can enjoy the book alone, this lyrical poem sings when read aloud.ÄJody McCoy, Lakehill Preparatory School, Dallas, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Joyce Carol Thomas was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma in May 1938. She received a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a master's degree in education. She was a poet, playwright, and children's book author. Her first young-adult novel, Marked by Fire, was published in 1982 and won the National Book Award for children's fiction in 1983. Her other young adult novels include Bright Shadow and House of Light. Her illustrated poetry collections include The Blacker the Berry and Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea, both of which were honored by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. In 1987, Marked by Fire was adapted into a gospel musical Abyssinia. She died from cirrhosis of the liver August 13, 2016 at the age of 78. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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