In the Land of Milk and Honey (Hardcover)

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By Joyce Carol Thomas, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
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A young girl and her family travel by train from Oklahoma to California in 1948. Told in rhyme and free verse. Soft, rich full-color illustrations (6-9).

— From Poetry


Lemons as big as oranges, the cool Pacific Ocean, mountains that rise up beyond the outstretched bay—California beckons as one girl makes her way west on a journey filled with excitement, hope, and the promise of a place where people from all paths come together and music fills the air.

This is the true story of author Joyce Carol Thomas's trip from Oklahoma to California in 1948, when she moved there as a girl. During that time, many people went west, drawn by warmth and possibility, reflected in the people of all cultures and ethnicities who started a new life there.

Coretta Scott King honoree Joyce Carol Thomas and Coretta Scott King Award winner Floyd Cooper capture the anticipation of a bright adventure and a world filled with freedom and opportunity. Included in's 2017 list of recommended diverse poetry picture books for kids.

I ease myself back in the window seat
and breathe in
as the train breathes out
We're on our way!
On our way
to the Land of Milk and Honey

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060253837
ISBN-10: 0060253835
Publisher: Amistad
Publication Date: September 18th, 2012
Pages: 32
Language: English

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