TOMAS AND THE LIBRARY LADY by Pat Mora

TOMAS AND THE LIBRARY LADY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A charming, true story about the encounter between the boy who would become chancellor at the University of California at Riverside and a librarian in Iowa. TomÊs Rivera, child of migrant laborers, picks crops in Iowa in the summer and Texas in the winter, traveling from place to place in a worn old car. When he is not helping in the fields, TomÊs likes to hear Papa Grande's stories, which he knows by heart. Papa Grande sends him to the library downtown for new stories, but TomÊs finds the building intimidating. The librarian welcomes him, inviting him in for a cool drink of water and a book. TomÊs reads until the library closes, and leaves with books checked out on the librarian's own card. For the rest of the summer, he shares books and stories with his family, and teaches the librarian some Spanish. At the end of the season, there are big hugs and a girl exchange: sweet bread from TomÊs's mother and a shiny new book from the librarian--to keep. Cold¢n's dreamy illustrations capture the brief friendship and its life-altering effects in soft earth tones, using round sculptured shapes that often depict the boy right in the middle of whatever story realm he's entered.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0375803491
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Knopf