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When I First Came to This Land / by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Simms Taback

 

Title:  When I First Came to This Land
Author:  Harriet Ziefert
Illustrator:  Simms Taback
Publisher:  Putnam Juvenile
ISBN:  978-0399247934
Year:  2007
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 1.4

Concepts:  immigration, natural resources, human resources, economic history

Review:
  A young immigrant has arrived to the United States and its territories in the late 1800s.  Although he has little money, he uses his courage, physical strength, and a sense of humor to start a working farm.  With his new wife and son, together they prosper in the new land.  This cheerful book, rooted in folklore and based on a song by Oscar Brand, incorporates important economics lessons about natural resources, human resources, and economic history.  Caldecott Medal-winning artist Simms Taback provides striking illustrations that give readers a sense of the challenges and accomplishments that America’s new immigrants experienced as they settled in the western territories.  

Review by:
  Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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