This Land is Your Land

by Woody Guthrie and Kathy Jakobsen

The most important fact about this full-color picture book edition of Guthrie's... read more

The most important fact about this full-color picture book edition of Guthrie's famous song is that it contains complete lyrics, including the verse about No Trespassing and the one about the hungry people. The scope of Guthrie's message is intact. So is the beauty of his idea. Jakobsen's glorious paintings show varied topography and people within this land in detailed scenes and individuals from Guthrie's life. According to a note, the paintings were done in oil on canvas, and the painted borders were inspired by notch carvings found in traditional "tramp art"--boxes, picture frames and mirror frames crafted by tramps, hoboes, miners and lumberjacks in the early to mid-1900s. The final pages include quotes from Guthrie, such as This whole world is your world and my world. Take it easy, but take it. Images from Guthrie's experiences are pictured, including two composite paintings of all his friends together--singing. Seemingly endless discoveries can be made when scrutinizing each illustration, depending on where readers have lived or traveled and what they know about Woody Guthrie's life and times. Pete Seeger's tribute and a biographical sketch are placed on the opposite side of a three page foldout of the nation and its people. The music for the song completes the book. (Age 5 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1998

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