When I First Came to this Land – Children’s Book Review


My dog Charlie and I are members of PALS. With our team  of other dogs and their handlers we visit retirement homes and extended care homes. As much as I like to talk about my dog, this book is really about many seniors that need to have their story told to a younger generation.

This book “When I First Came to this Land” reminds me of the many immigrant seniors that are nestled away in these homes needing to have their story told. The book is based on a song by Oscar Brand, retold by Harriet Ziefert with illustrations by Simms Taback.

Between Ziefert passion for folk music and Taback’s folk art style the two of them came up with a wonderful book. The literal part of the book is of rhyme and repeated lyrics that are funny, but illustrations add a spark of ah ha to the story, especially for children.  It’s a colourful history, like back in the day.

Speaking of “back in the day” Maud Lewis  (1903-1970) is a historical Canadian artist with a similar folk art style of Taback. She too had a delightful  way of making; playful & bold art.

I would like to encourage you and your children to paint your story. Art is a visual signature, tell us about you through your art. Use colour and shape to begin.


About artist and illustrator

I'm a textile artist, resourceful and excited about making things. Dog walks with my pooch "Charlie" is inspiring and an opportunity to develop ideas from nature and people whom we meet on our strolls. There is a story behind my art making, it's in the series, I don't make just one but many from the same idea, but! not one will look like the other, each piece of art is "one-of-a-kind".
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