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Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora
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This non-fiction book targets migrant Hispanic farm workers. In this book, Tomas, the son of Hispanic farm workers, travels from Texas to Iowa with his family for the summer. While is parents harvested fruits and vegetables, Tomas would listen to his Grandfather’s stories which soon became predictable. Tomas was urged by his Grandfather to go to the library and learn new stories to share with his family. The boy quickly struck up a relationship with the librarian and was even trusted with books checked out in her name. The librarian exposed Tomas to new books and stories and in return Tomas taught the librarian Spanish. Summer ended and Tomas headed back home to Texas. Tomas was given a new book as a gift which he treasured. Tomas Rivera went on to become “a writer, professor, a university administrator, and a national education leader”. This book has little Spanish scattered through the book and is explained quickly after presenting the word. I feel this book is inspirational and some children may be able to relate to moving in order for their parents to find work and support their families.
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