That Book Woman

That Book Woman

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Cal is not the readin' type. Living way high up in the Appalachian Mountains, he'd rather help Pap plow or go out after wandering sheep than try some book learning. Nope. Cal does not want to sit stoney-still reading some chicken scratch. But that Book Woman keeps coming just the same. She comes in the rain. She comes in the snow. She comes right up the side of the mountain, and Cal knows that's not easy riding. And all just to lend his sister some books. Why, that woman must be plain foolish -- or is she braver than he ever thought?

That Book Woman is a rare and moving tale that honors a special part of American history -- the Pack Horse Librarians, who helped untold numbers of children see the stories amid the chicken scratch, and thus made them into lifetime readers.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2008.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781416908128
Branch Call Number: j PO HENSON H
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Small, David 1945-


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Getting books to all the people in the Appalachian Mountains is no easy task. Delivering on horseback is the best solution. This wonderful story is about such a librarian. Her joy is being able to get books into the hands of all the people, young and old.

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Nov 14, 2017

I fell in love with this book! It really touched me. I read this book to my son and I read it to him in a country voice based on the dialogue of the book.

Feb 16, 2012

I really liked this story. I had no idea there were pack horse librarians in the 1930's. Interesting story!


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