I ease myself back in the window seat
and breathe in
as the train breathes out
We're on our way!
On our way
to the Land of Milk and Honey
Lemons as big as oranges, the cool Pacific Ocean, mountains that rise up beyond the outstretched bay—California beckons as one girl makes her way west on a journey filled with excitement, hope, and the promise of a place where people from all paths come together and music fills the air.
This is the true story of author Joyce Carol Thomas's trip from Oklahoma to California in 1948, when she moved there as a girl. During that time, many people went west, drawn by warmth and possibility, reflected in the people of all cultures and ethnicities who started a new life there.
Coretta Scott King honoree Joyce Carol Thomas and Coretta Scott King Award winner Floyd Cooper capture the anticipation of a bright adventure and a world filled with freedom and opportunity.
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She relates the long train ride to the "Land of Milk and Honey" and describes the state in its varied landscapes, from deserts to the agricultural richness of the Central Valley and the people who work the crops to "the city / where the ships sit / anchored in the coastal waters / like iron mount...Aug 01 2012 | Read Full Review of In the Land of Milk and Honey
Inspired by her own family's history, Thomas's (Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea) stirring picture book explores the little-known experiences of African American pioneers who settled in Oklahoma during the late 1800s.| Read Full Review of In the Land of Milk and Honey
Her imagery spans the senses, as the girl takes in the sounds, sights, and even tastes of her new home: "Daddy says,/ âIf the lemons are big as oranges/ if the oranges are big as grapefruits/ if you bite into a strawberry/ and taste heaven in your mouth/ why, you're in California/ the Land of M...Aug 20 2012 | Read Full Review of In the Land of Milk and Honey
Their relationship is presented in a coldly objective fashion, and most of their sex scenes are film in the same quasi-static detail as the several rape sequences throughout the film.Dec 20 2011 | Read Full Review of In the Land of Milk and Honey
Soaking in a breathtaking view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Pacific Ocean, the family is pleased to be in the “Land of Milk and Honey.” Of course, such a move, with several children in tow, would be an incredible challenge.Sep 10 2012 | Read Full Review of In the Land of Milk and Honey
Her joy and excitement cannot be contained as she observes nature and people in the “land of milk and honey.” Better suited for older readers, this book tells the tale of many travelers who made their way to a more hopeful and beautiful place, the land that was California in the mid-20th century.Dec 20 2012 | Read Full Review of In the Land of Milk and Honey