I Have Heard Of A Land by Joyce ThomasI Have Heard Of A Land by Joyce Thomas

I Have Heard Of A Land

byJoyce ThomasIllustratorFloyd Cooper

Paperback | January 17, 2000

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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

Joyce Carol Thomas is an internationally renowned author who received the National Book Award for her first novel, Marked By Fire, and a Coretta Scott King Honor for her first picture book, Brown Honey In Broomwheat Tea. Her other titles include I Have Heard Of A Land, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book; The Gospel Cinderella; cCrowning G...
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Title:I Have Heard Of A LandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.68 inPublished:January 17, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064436179

ISBN - 13:9780064436175

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Frequent Coretta Scott King Award-winners and prestigious collaborators Joyce Thomas and Floyd Cooper team up once more to offer an exquisitely rendered and movingly narrated piece of little-known African-American history. A National Book Award-winner, the author draws from her own family`s history and memories in I Have Heard of a Land, which garnered for Cooper the 1999 Coretta Scott King Award for illustration. As Oklahoma Territory opened up to American settlers in the 1880s, many freed slaves also made the journey to this rich, promised land to carve out a living - and an identity. Their incredible experiences are part of the powerful backbone to the history of the American Midwest.