That Book Woman
That Book Woman is an absolute delight, touchi...more
An understated but beautiful book about discovering the extraordinary value of reading, thanks to the dedication of "that book woman" who brings books to people rain, hail or shine. When she arrives with books in the middle of a snow storm, one young boy wonders what could possibly be so special about books that this woman will brave any weather to bring them. So he asks his sister to read to him... and then he reads for himself... and then he's hooked.
I think my life-long aspiration is to be "...more
I decided to look at the book in the way that Kay Vandergrift suggested in her article on Picture Book Analysis, that is, to ‘read’ the pictures first without the text and then go back and see how well the illustrat...more
From the beginning the title page shows that “book woman” riding her horse uphill, and thus symbolically showing the struggles that she faces all in the name of books.
The story is about a boy named Cal, who prefers doing anything, even chores than to “sit so stony still, readi...more
That Book Woman seemed a little put-offish at first. The language is kind of tricky for kids:
My folks and me-
we live way up
as up can get.
we hardly sight
a soul -
a-winging in the sky
hid among the trees.
However, it kind of grows on you, and in the end I thought, this is a...more
Cal is not a reader. He would...more
Appeal: This book has great illustration and is not written like other children books. It is written from the Cal’s perspective so his English is not always perfect which makes it all the more personable. The pictures are appealing and go along with the story well. Seeing the young boy as the speaker would be more...more
Reading That Book Woman, by Heather Henson I felt as I could relate to each character in a way through different stages of my life. I think this book would be perfect for kids in elementary school because smaller kids like to read however sometimes they would rather play with their friends than read a book. The illustrations in this book are similar the emotions the characters. For example Cals thoughts on reading were that he didn’t like it and it was boring to him and he had other things more...more
The main character Cal was “not born to sit so stoney-still” like his sister Lark, “the readeness child you ever did see”. This all changes during the harshest winter; on a fierce winter night the book woman comes to Cal’s fa...more
"That Book Woman" is a book about a hard-working boy named Cal who has no interest in books or reading, but would rather be pl...more
Readers of all ages can relate to Cal, a young boy growing up in the mountains of Kentucky during a time when reading and school where not a priority. Instead, Cal is learning how to take care of the land like his father. Cal is bewildered by his sister's love of books and rejects her attempts to teach him to read. As the seasons change, Cal begins to take notice of the Book Woman, who rides a horse from miles away through rain, cold, and snow to bring his sister books. Suddenly books seem more...more
This is a quote from the historical-fiction book I read titled, “That Book Woman.” It is a tale that is inspired by true events and told from the perspective of a young man named Cal—southern accent included. Cal lives way up high in the Kentucky Appalachian Mountains with his family, in a rural area, where the majority of people live in poverty. He is hard-working, and always ready to help his father with chores t...more
Cal and his family live way up in the mountains, isolated from others, schools, and books. A “book woman” comes on horseback in all sorts of weather to exchange books with Cal’s family. At first Cal is resistant to the books and only sees the strength of the horse that travels through the rough mountains and cold winter…eventually he sees that the rider...more
This is the story based on the Pack Horse Librarians, a project founded in the 1930s with a mission of bringing books to areas where schools and libraries were rare or didn't exist at all. I had never heard of this particular organization before and will absolutely be tracking down some of the books listed in t...more
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Read me something."
I open up the book I'm holding, a new one brought this very day. Just chicken scratch, I used to figure, but now I see what's truly there, and I read a little out.
That's gift enough," she says, and smiles so big, it makes me smile right back.”