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Tomas and the Library Lady Hardcover – September 23, 1997
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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.)
From School Library Journal
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
My sister and nephews were in town and they took a trip to the library with their Nana(my mom). I believe that my sister grabbed this book, because it mentioned the library lady. I liked the fact that the author dedicated this book to Tomas Rivera and "for librarians who lure us in."
I read this book to my oldest nephew while he was here. He was absolutely mesmerized by this book. The author draws you in with the tale of Tomas Rivera's life and how his life changed when he discovered the library. The illustrations in the book were beautifully drawn and colorful.
Tomas lived with his Mama, Papa, Papa Grande and his little brother, Enrique. His parents were migrant workers. They picked fruit in Texas in the winter and in Iowa in the summer. They were on their way to Iowa for the summer.
Tomas had always enjoyed listening to his Papa Grande's stories, and he knew all of them by heart. So, Papa Grande encouraged Tomas to go to the library in Iowa and tell them more stories. The next morning when he reaches the library he becomes very intimidated by the big library. Well, things change once he meets the library lady.
She is so warm and inviting to Tomas that Tomas spends the whole day at the library reading. Using her own card, the library lady checks out two books for Tomas to take home and read. While reading, Tomas gets lost in adventures with dinosaurs.
During the course of the summer, Tomas teaches the library lady some Spanish, while she encourages him to read more books.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was great but the condition was nothing like the picture!Published 5 months ago by Rebecca
Good storyline. Tomas makes a friend with the library lady.Published 10 months ago by Christy Zamarron
Great story. My first graders loved it. It captured their growing imaginations. Will use it again when the opportunity arises.Published on April 5, 2014 by carmen washington
This book covers the love of reading and the life of real people. A great book for all libraries to show the value of helping and reading.Published on December 13, 2013 by Marilynn Stabenow
I read this to my class prior to seeing the play. It brings up topics such as migrant workers, poverty, and language differences. Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by 2nd Grade Class
This is a short story of a boy named Tomas, who needs more stories than his grandfather can tell, and so he goes to the library. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by chastity
Great example of biography that retells a story of empowerment in the USA.... I love this true story of a caring Library Lady, an encouraging grandfather, and the desire and energy... Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Don D. Bouchard
This is a wonderful tale of a child who's parents are migrant farmers. He like many children have been forced to travel back and forth from his parents jobs. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by Bianca Vargas
This book was actually dedicated to Tomas Rivera years after he died. In the story, Tomas has a positive experience reading books, because it allowed his imagination run wild. Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by MsAlyssa