Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat MoraTomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora

Tomas and the Library Lady

byPat MoraIllustratorRaul Colon

Paperback | February 15, 2000

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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
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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Title:Tomas and the Library LadyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 10.06 × 8.06 × 0.13 inPublished:February 15, 2000Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375803491

ISBN - 13:9780375803499

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Based on the true story of Tomas Rivera, Tomas and the Library Lady is about superceding difficult life circumstances through a combination of education and a positive attitude. Pat Mora, a Chicana educator, tells the story of a Mexican-American boy who starts out in life picking cotton and ends up as the chancellor of a university. Suitable for ages five to eight, this inspirational picture book features illustrations by Raul Colon, who received the Silver Medal by the Society of Illustrators for Always My Dad.

Editorial Reviews

"Spanish words slip in naturally throughout Mora's text as she focuses on the snug library and the books that fire Tomas's imagination .... While young readers will find this an inspiring tale, the endnote gives it a real kick: the story is based on an actual migrant worker [Tomas Rivera]".

-- Publishers Weekly