Tomas and the Library Lady

Tomas and the Library Lady

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Overview

A Common Core Exemplar Text by an award-winning author-illustrator team

Tomás is a son of migrant workers. Every summer he and his family follow the crops north from Texas to Iowa, spending long, arduous days in the fields. At night they gather around to hear Grandfather's wonderful stories. But before long, Tomás knows all the stories by heart. "There are more stories in the library,"Papa Grande tells him.  The very next day, Tomás meets the library lady and a whole new world opens up for him. 

Based on the true story of the Mexican-American author and educator Tomás Rivera, a child of migrant workers who went on to become the first minority Chancellor in the University of California system, this inspirational story suggests what libraries—and education—can make possible.  Raul Colón's warm, expressive paintings perfectly interweave the harsh realities of Tomás's life, the joyful imaginings he finds in books, and his special relationships with a wise grandfather and a caring librarian.  

"A gentle text and innovative artwork. . . . While young readers and future librarians will find this an inspiring tale, the end note gives it a real kick: the story is based on an actual migrant worker [Tomás Rivera] who became chancellor of a university—where the library now bears his name."—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375803499
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 84,274
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

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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Tomas and the Library Lady 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
coriblake on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful story! I marveled at the , colorful, smooth, rounded lines of the illustrations. I really thought that this book could tie in to high school art curriculum when studying shade, light, lines, famous artists and so forth. The illustrations are exquisite. The illustrator, Raul Colon has illustratred many books. Tomas and the Library Lady is a classic simply because it shows the bonds that people form with other people and the bonds that people form with books; a whole new world to explore.
lisabankey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tomas loves to hear the stories that his grandfather tells as the family works as migrant farmers. His grandfather suggest that Tomas learn new stories since Tomas knows all grandfather's stories by heart. Tomas discovers many stories to share with the family with the help of the librarian of the local library. This is based on the true story of Tomas Rivera, who was a migrant worker as a child and became chancellor of the University of California at Riverside. This book is beautifully illustrated by Raul Colon.
kincaid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tomas and his family are miugrant workers who travel from state to state helping farners harvest fruits and vegetables. Papi Grande tells stories in Spanish. Soon Tomas knows all of Papi stories, so Papi suggests that he go to the local library. Thanks to a friendly and helping librarian, Tomas is soon reading and sorts of books in English. The two inspire one another. She learns Spanish, and he learns to read and speak English. Although this book is fiction, it is based on the real life experiences of the author.
lisab818 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story from the childhood of Tomas Rivera is beautifully written and illustrated in this book. Tomas moves to Iowa from Texas and spends his days at the library, where a kind librarian helps him find books and becomes his friend. Tomas and the librarian form a partnership, reading and learning Spanish. The joy and power of literacy is felt from every character in the book.
shelb.norm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tomas just moved to Iowa with his family to find farming work for the summer. He seeks refuge in the library on a hot summer day and finds comfort and adventure in the books. Based on a true story about the son of migrant workers who gets help and encouragement from a librarian in Iowa.
bookgals on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Inspired by a true story, this creative book will give 2nd and 3rd grade students hope and inspiration for their future. Author, Pat Mora does an impeccable job connecting the audience to this book. Mora truly stresses how important education and imagination are in a child¿s life. The colorful and striking illustrations by Raul Colon capture the true faith and sprit of the message of the book. The illustrations are done with lots of vivid and bright colors and soft smooth lines. The drawings are done in such a way the readers can use their own imagination and add to the sketches.
noahsmom7 More than 1 year ago
Tomas and the Library Lady is a really good book, with wonderful illustrations. The illustrations make the book come to life, there is quite a bit of text in this book, however, the pages are full of illustrative imagination. This book was actually inspired by Tomas Rivera who was "encouraged to read by a librarian." This book tells the story of a little boy traveling with his family and he meets a librarian whom he forms an inspiring relationship with because she shows him a whole new world through reading books. The book is also bilingual, there are some spanish sentences and words, although the author indirectly translates the spanish language. A very good book to have, especially in a bilingual classroom.