The new land holds a world full of promise for a poor young man 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.
"Catchy and fun....A grand story about a brave generation who won't soon be forgotten." --Kirkus Reviews
"Humor and rhythm dominate." --The New York Times Book Review
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Harriet Ziefert lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.
Simms Taback received a Caldecott Medal for Joseph Had a Little Overcoat and a Caldecott Honor for There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. He lives in Ventura, California.From Publishers Weekly:
With the same jolly spirit of last year's Caldecott Honor book, There Was an Old Lady, Taback and Ziefert interpret another classic American folk song. The cumulative verse tells of a man who arrives in America with next to nothing and cheerfully makes the most of adverse conditions: "I called my cow/ No-milk-now!/ I called my shack/ Break-my-back!/ I called my horse/ I'm-the-boss!" Lest anyone take the narrator's complaints seriously, Taback's boldly colored and zestily skewed illustrations deliver the comedy, as when the narrator's newly introduced spotted pig ("Too-darn-big!") stands on its hind legs, hugs its owner and seems poised to deliver a sloppy lick on the face. The artist handily acknowledges the historic aspects of the verse as well. Cleverly exaggerated folk-like paintings subtly incorporate foreign objectsAfor example, in the opening scene, which shows the narrator making his landing on U.S. soil, the bottom of the picture is strewn with canceled stamps, snippets of ticket stubs and a tiny newspaper facsimile trumpeting "Immigrants Arrive!" Readers are treated to playful perspectives as the horizon curves crazily or as the interior of the shack lists at impossible angles. All that's missing is the music; happily, the art has rhythm aplenty. Ages 4-8.
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Descripción Puffin, 2003. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0698118383