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Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora

Tomas and the Library Lady (1997)

by Pat Mora

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    madu: Both stories relate to children of migrant farm-workers

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A librarian who reinforced a love of reading, changed my life. And, such is the case with Tomas Rivera who was born in Texas to a migrant working family. Becoming a success later in life, Tomas never forgot the importance of libraries and librarians. Valuing education, he became a professor and a university administrator.

This book tells the story of Tomas who discovered libraries and through reading, doors opened into his imagination.

Sharing the stories in the books with his family at night reinforced reading habits and a love of books.
  Whisper1 | Aug 15, 2015 |
This book was a Texas Blue Bonnet Award nominee in 2000 and won the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award in 1998. This is a heartwarming story about a Mexican American migrant family that move from Texas to Iowa and then back to Texas. The young boy in the family meets the library lady and loves learning the new stories she shares with him. In turn, the library lady loves learning new Spanish words from the boy. This book includes Spanish.
  PikeH | Jul 31, 2015 |
This book is a lovely story about a boy who moved to a new place because his parents were migrant workers and wanted new stories, so he went to the library and made a friend: the library lady. Seeing his love for books and stories develop as she showed kindness and built relationship was really inspiring. The illustrations are beautiful and captivating, and there are a lot of places where Spanish phrases are used for bilingual students. It would be good for discussion about either literacy, libraries, or migrant workers and what their lives are like, especially in relation to education. ( )
  AmandaLK | Feb 17, 2015 |
Winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award, you know this is gonna be a good one. Dr. Haas introduced this one to us in order to give the class an example of a cultural book share. It shows the rather perceptive librarian allowing Tomas to learn so much from books which he found immense joy in. This can definitely be used to shed light on others hardships, where they come from, and how they get through certain obstacles.
  ecm014 | Dec 1, 2014 |
The book starts off talking about a boy named Tomas and his family moving from Texas to Iowa. Tomas is tired of driving and the move and is excited to finally make it to Iowa but still is a little homesick. He starts to explore his new home and he comes across a library. He meets a super nice librarian that introduces him to reading books and makes him appreciate them more. The books help him get is mind off of the move from Texas.
  astinchavez | Oct 14, 2014 |
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Sometimes you read a story and it almost seems too nice. This book may seem to be one of those at first, but the difference is that this story is true! Tomás and the Library Lady is the wonderfully illustrated tale of Tomás Rivera and the kind librarian who helped him learn to love books. Tomás started his life as a migrant worker and, when he died, was a university chancellor. (The UC Riverside library now bears his name.)

This tribute to Tomás and his mentor reminds us of the power of stories and those dedicated librarians who have changed the lives of so many people. (Recommended for ages 4-8; it's great for new English readers and is also available in Spanish.)

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:47 -0400)

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While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Tomas finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library.

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