Planted in the soil
Implanted in the soul
Embraced across the land
Embossed across the landscape
Unfettered at last
Note: Like most people, I grew up singing this song in school. (A little research revealed that the Guthrie penned the song in response to Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” – oh how I love the internet.)
So imagine my excitement when I found this picture book. The book/CD combo hits all of the right notes – couldn’t resist. Sweeping panoramas showcase the diversity of the American landscape while detailed illustrations highlight the variety of the American experience – street corner musicians, rodeo cowboys, Mardi Gras revellers, family beachgoers…And the pictures are vibrant enough to capture young listeners and detailed enough to engage older readers.
I will admit that sometimes, it’s hard to get through the entire book without choking up a bit, but I imagine that’s why this song remains such a staple in the American musical cannon.
In these times, it’s a nice reminder –
This land was made for you and me.