When I First Came to This Land
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When I First Came to This Land

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The new land holds a world full of promise for a young immigrant who comes to it with a strong back, a warm heart...and unfailing good humor. With its bouncy, cumulative verse and colorful, detail-packed illustrations, this is the perfect introduction to an exciting chapter in American history.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 19th 2007 by Putnam Juvenile (first published 1998)
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I read this book about once a month for story time at my library and love it completely. It's simple message of the hard work of immigrants in America is beautiful written and the list building the story uses makes the story fun to read aloud and unbelievably compelling.
This book is about a man who comes to this land and is not a wealthy man. This story includes many rhyming words and repeats patterns of sentences over and over again. This is a good book for phonemic awareness and can be used to talk about that and rhyming.
I didn't love this one, but the kids seem to enjoy it. I do enjoy Taback's illustrations.
... and I called my farm 'muscle in my arm'
... and I called my pig 'too darn big'
Love this book - what a great song and great story. Loved the illustrations.
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Harriet Ziefert grew up in North Bergen, New Jersey, where she attended the local schools. She graduated from Smith College, then received a Masters degree in Education from New York University.

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