Bibliographic Information: Thomas, J. C., & Cooper, F. (1998). I Have Heard of a Land. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
Short Annotation: This book is about an African American pioneer woman wanting to own some of the free land in Oklahoma. She talks about the hardships and joys of having her own land.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grade Level: 2 – 6
Readers who will like this book: readers who like to read historical fiction books; readers who like to read about American history; readers looking for great African American books
Personal Response/Rating: 4 – I like the illustrations in the book. The way the author describes the land was wonderful.
Text-Dependent Question: What words or phrases does the author used to describe the land?
Reading Strategy Connection: Sketch-to-Stretch – This strategy allows students to deepen their understanding of what they are reading or have read. This strategy is an appropriate instructional match for this book because students are able to draw a picture that allows them to understand why the land was so important and precious to the main character. They can also draw pictures for some of the metaphors and similes they heard in the book.