Home: A Journey Through America
Home: A Journey Through America
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Annotation: An anthology of poetry and prose by such writers as Carl Sandburg, Willa Cather, Robert Frost, all celebrating aspects of the American landscape.
Catalog Number: #138859
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Publisher: Harcourt
Copyright Date: 1998
Edition Date: 2000
Pages: 32
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-15-202452-2 Perma-Bound: 0-605-02318-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-15-202452-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-02318-5
Dewey: 810.8
Dimensions: 23 x 28 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Thirteen authors, including John Muir, Willa Cather, Joseph Bruchac, and Eloise Greenfield, describe in prose and poetry the landscape of different parts of the country and how it affects their vision of "home." Locker's lush oil paintings capture a sense of each place, from the Pacific Ocean and the southwest to the prairies and New England.
Kirkus Reviews
Lush and romantic paintings of a broad range of landscapes illustrate the poetry and prose of a dozen American authors and poets, whose homes ranged from the Hudson River Valley to the midwestern prairies and beyond. Each spread includes a poem or other brief block of text about home, as well as a biographical snippet about the featured writer. On the opposite page is a painting that illuminates an aspect of the writing; in general, Locker's landscapes are august and riveting. The selection of those included is a hybrid: some names seem written in stone (Frost, Irving, Thoreau, Cather, Sandburg), while others are still very much of the earth (Bruchac, Yolen, Greenfield, Locker). Nevertheless, from the East Coast to the West, the book shows how individual feelings about nature and home have shaped the artistic efforts of writers. (map) (Picture book. 6-9)
School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-American landscapes as viewed via paintings and words. Locker and Christiansen have collected poetic and narrative views of scenes from across the continent by such well-known writers as Robert Frost, John Muir, and Washington Irving as well as modern writers such as Pat Mora, Jane Yolen, and Joseph Bruchac. The oil paintings, in true Lockerian tradition, reflect an inner view of landscape, one reminiscent of early British painters who came to paint American scenes but made each of them look like home. This romanticized approach, relying not on accuracy, perspective, or detail, but rather on creating a mood, may appeal to adults but the use of the same color palette, massive cloud effects, and little action will not capture the imagination or hold the interest of children.-Ronald Jobe, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: 2-5
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.2 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q30842
Lexile: NP
Guided Reading Level: R
Fountas & Pinnell: R

Home. In this unique volume, prominent American writers from the past and present--Willa Cather, Henry David Thoreau, Eloise Greenfield--give voice to the region of the country each calls home. Thomas Locker's lavish oil paintings accompany each passage, transporting the reader from the crashing waves of the Pacific coast to the bluebonnet fields of the Texas prairie. Come along on a spectacular journey through our home--America.

from Once by the Pacific / Robert Frost
Climb the mountains / John Muir
Gold / Pat Mora
from My Anotonia / Willa Cather
Fog / Carl Sandburg
The river / Jane Yolen
Children of the sky / Joseph Bruchac
Tree / Eloise Greenfield
My childhood's home / Abraham Lincoln
Song of a people / Merle Good
Birches in the fall / Thomas Locker
from Rip Van Winkle / Washington Irving
from The journal / Henry David Thoreau.

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