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American History, Geography and Map Skills, Arts and Creativity, Music, Communities and Ways of Life, Neighborhood Life
"This Land Is Your Land," one of the best-loved folk songs in America, is richly illustrated here, making it a vibrant musical book that's sure to please readers.
Woody Guthrie debuted this song in 1940 in an effort to focus on the suffering of the people who lived during the Great Depression of the previous decade. The tune is a coast-to-coast celebration of the beauty and diversity of America's land and people, and that teaches that all should have equal access to that land. The lyrics, which serve as the text of the book, are accompanied by brilliant folk art illustrations that capture our country's people and its land, from its deserts to its bustling cities. To help readers identify the places in the illustrations, many are labeled. Readers are accompanied by a clever rendering of guitar-strumming Woody, who takes them on an amazing and fulfilling journey. Included is a musical arrangement of the tune, as well as a brief biographical scrapbook that highlights Woody Guthrie's life and career, and discusses the history of the song. A valuable and unique way to talk about music, geography, and history.