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That Book Woman by Heather Henson
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Nov 09, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: review-books-library, j-pb-er-middle-grade-ya-fict-and-nf
Read in November, 2010

A fantastically illustrated book - Small's long, line-drawn figures and watercolor capture perfectly the slow pace of life and sparse landscape of Appalachian Kentucky. Doubt and scorn, then wonder, gratefulness and contentment are conveyed in the teenage boy protagonist's eyes and physical stance. Small is a humble man and very much in touch with people - getting to the heart of the matter instantaneously and directly through illustrations and music (I experienced him in front of a live audience in SF this past weekend). His illustrations are powerful precisely because of his nature, I think.

Telling the tale of the W.P.A. Pack Horse Librarians is a wonderful thing - I don't think most people are aware of this historical fact. I liked the way the teen, Cal, realized that one person's dedication to the people on her mobile library route meant that books were extremely valuable - bringing the possibilities of the world to people, not just the words.

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