Tomás and the library lady / by Pat Mora ; illustrated by Raúl Colón.
- 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
0 current holds with 2 total copies.
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|Godel Memorial-Warren Library||e MOR (Text)||35500002535860||Main||Available||-|
|Warroad Public Library||e MOR (Text)||35500002483160||Main||Available||-|
- ISBN: 0679804013
- ISBN: 0679904018 (lib. bdg.)
- Physical Description: 1 vol. unp. : ill. ; 26 cm.
- Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1997.
While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Tomás finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 August 1997
Ages 4^-8. From the immigrant slums of New York City to the fields of California, it's an elemental American experience: the uprooted child who finds a home in the library. Mora's story is based on a true incident in the life of the famous writer Tomas Rivera, the son of migrant workers who became an education leader and university president. Far from his home in Texas, the small boy is working with his family picking corn in Iowa. Inspired by the Spanish stories his grandfather (Papa Grande) tells, Tomas goes to the library to find more stories. The librarian welcomes him into the cool, quiet reading room and gives him books in English that he reads to himself and to his family. He teaches her some Spanish words. Then, as in so many migrant stories, the boy must leave the home he has found. He has a new, sad word for her, "adios. It means goodbye." Colon's beautiful scratchboard illustrations, in his textured, glowingly colored, rhythmic style, capture the warmth and the dreams that the boy finds in the world of books. The pictures are upbeat; little stress is shown; even in the fields, the kids could be playing kick ball or listening to stories. Perhaps the most moving picture is that of the child outside the library door, his face pressed against the pane. In contrast is the peaceful space he finds inside, where he is free to imagine dinosaurs and wild adventure. ((Reviewed Aug. 1997)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews
Pat Mora, a Chicana educator, is a published poet and the author of several books for children.
Raul Colón was awarded the Silver Medal by the Society of Illustrators for Always My Dad, his first children's book.
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