Title: When I First Came to This Land
Author: Harriet Ziefert
Illustrator: Simms Taback
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
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