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Tomás and the library lady by Pat Mora

Tomás and the library lady (original 1997; edition 1997)

by Pat Mora

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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.
Title:Tomás and the library lady
Authors:Pat Mora
Info:New York: Knopf: c1997. 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
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Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora (1997)

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    Amelia's Road by Linda Jacobs Altman (madu)
    madu: Both stories relate to children of migrant farm-workers

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I really enjoyed reading this book. I was amazed by how much books can impact lives. It was such a good read. ( )
  Shawnee.Dixon | Sep 19, 2019 |
This children’s picture book tells a true story about the son of a migrant worker who learns to cope with moving a lot. The boy, Tomas, finds ways to amuse himself and finds a library with great books to read. The librarian helps Tomas look for good books to read and they become great friends. This is a great multicultural book with versions of the story in english and spanish for ELL learners ( )
  KarenGarcia | Nov 27, 2018 |
This is a charming book about a young boy who moves with his family, who are migrant workers, and finds wonderful adventures in the books at the library. The librarian and Tomas` become friends and while she supplies new books for his imagination, he teaches her some Spanish. ( )
  Brocktra01 | Mar 1, 2018 |
In my opinion this book was a great read. I was able to use the pictures to infer my own knowledge of what was going on in the story. This story was written in English but the setting was in Mexico and the family in the story spoke Spanish. Tomas was the main character and at first, he did not like to read. But one day he walked into the library and the librarian working there, “the library lady”, helped Tomas discover what types of books he likes to read. The author uses great descriptive language and lots of details to described the scenes from the books that Tomas was reading. This book gave the reader a good sense of the level of reading Tomas was on and how he used his imagination to place himself in the story. The characters were explained well and the pictures were helpful in identifying the characters. The story was realistic and was a great read about a young boy finding his passion for reading. ( )
  staylo34 | Mar 2, 2017 |
Mora, P., Colon, R. (1997). Tomas and the Library Lady. New York, New York: Random House Inc.

Tomas is headed to Iowa with his family. They pick produce in the winter in Texas and go to Iowa in the summer to pick produce. In Iowa, Tomas runs into the library. His family, especially his Grandfather, always tell stories. The librarian is kind and gives him water and some interesting books. Tomas begins to spend all of his days at the library, getting books from the librarian. He begins to teacher her a little bit of Spanish. Eventually, Tomas has to go back to Texas but now he has his stories to keep him happy and safe. This book is a great addition to any classroom. It authentically portrays the culture of Latinos and farmers in America, and makes every student want to reach for a book.

This book won the following awards:
- Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature Commended Title: Awarded to books that represent Latinos in the United States in an engaging and authentic way. The books must have distinct literary quality, cultural contextualizing, beautiful integration of images and text, and have potential for classroom use.
- Notable Books for Children, Smithsonian: Awarded to fascinating and notable books of all kinds. ( )
  jangelique | Nov 21, 2016 |
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