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  1. says:

    Cal, who lives with his family on a remote farm in the Appalachian Mountains, has scant interest in books and reading and thus also considers his little sister Lark s voracious appetite for reading a rather negative trait But when Cal realises that the so called Book Woman who dispatches library books to his family s remote home on horseback will deliver her books even in the dead of winter, he yearns to know what makes that Book Woman risk catching cold, or worse Heather Henson s That Book Woman was and remains an absolute delight, touching, poetic, with illustrations that, while neither flashy nor overly expressive, do a wonderful job mirroring the feel of the narrative, portraying the mood of the story and its cast of characters now I am not always enamoured of David Small as an illustrator, but his pictures for That Book Woman are absolutely golden and a perfect compliment to Heather Henson s narrative And I do love and appreciate how the story of That Book Woman is told from Cal s perspective, from the perspective of the doubter, the one person in the family with seemingly no desire for books and who, at the beginning of the narrative, has a negative, even downright hostile attitude towards both his bookworm of a sister and the Book Woman Seeing Cal s attitude towards learning, towards reading slowly change is both enchanting and satisfying and part of that change is not simply that he begins to appreciate books, but importantly, that Cal also finally realises that if the Book Woman will risk snow, ice and freezing temperatures to distribute books to remote homes and farms, that there must be something special, indeed, about books, about reading, about learning Heather Henson s poetic text, interspersed with splashes of local dialect, reads smoothly and flowingly and there is just enough dialect usage to give the feel and timbre of authenticity, without reducing general comprehensibility However, if I were reading That Book Woman with or to younger children or with children whose first language is not English , I would probably explain some of the dialect words and their spellings beforehand if only to make sure that children listening to the story, or reading along did not memorise and learn the dialect words and expressions as supposed standard English That Book Woman is highly recommended to and for children who love reading learning about books and librarians and the history of the Pack Horse Librarians of the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky in particular And as such, the informative author s note at the back is an appreciated and added bonus, not only presenting enlightening historical details, but also listing online resources as well as some suggestions for further reading making That Book Woman not only a wonderful and touching story in and of itself, but also a story that could be of much use in a preschool or elementary school classroom, perhaps as part of a unit on libraries and or American history.


  2. says:

    I picked up That Book Woman, by Heather Henson, illustrated by David Small, reluctantly, thinking that it was undoubtedly a useful book for the beginning of the school year, when we librarians always choose books about books, but I was not expecting a Caldecott quality picture book 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 illustrations told the story In the case of The Book Woman, I learned through the pictures alone that the glum protagonist, identified in the text as Cal, lived in an isolated cabin on a mountainside, part of a large family, that included a sister who was a voracious reader Over the course of a year, a woman, presumably the Book Woman of the title, treks up the mountain, delivering books and apparently, gaining Cal s respect as his expression changes over time from surly to smiling In the end, Cal and his sister sit high up on the porch reading, as the sun, and the Book Woman, descend the mountain This is exactly the plot of the story In fact, the cover illustration alone captures the conflict and introduces the resolution But on a deeper level, the delineation of the theme, setting, main character and mood is captured in the artwork through the use of the elements of line, color, shape and space The line of the title page leads our eyes up the mountain, through the sunlight, to the isolated cabin on the hillside where most of the story takes place The city, from which the Book Woman brings her books, is depicted on the front matter, in a soft watercolor spot, looking magical, suggesting perhaps the wonder of the gift she s bringing to the mountain The colors yellows, grays and greens, suggest sunrise, the beginning of a new day, and foreshadow a new beginning for Cal, while the last page shows the same city, in blues and purples, at the end of day, mission accomplished The size and color of the illustrations change in relation to the time of day, time of year and location Indoor pictures are only one page while outdoor pictures expand from 1 l 2 pages to full 2 page spreads when we need to appreciate the vast distances traveled to bring books to mountain families I especially like the use of both vertical and horizontal space, for example the house high up on the hill with birds flying lower down on the page, or Cal reaching up to hold onto a branch with one hand while reaching down for a lost lamb with the other Lark is usually reading high up on the porch, or even in a tree, but looks up from a table at Cal when he asks her to teach him to read These diagonals suggest movement, which Cal confirms in the text, that he was not born to sit so stoney still The written text sounds like mountain speech, but is printed on the page as if it s poetry An example of how the text and the illustrations support each other might be the scene when the Book Woman first visits Cal s family the way Lark s eyes shine penny bright, the way her hands they won t keep still, reaching out to grab a treasure In fact, in the illustration, Lark has her hands behind her back, fingers laced together, just the way we would ask students on field trips to help them resist the temptation to touch treasures Cal s new understanding, expressed in the illustrations by his first smile, is articulated in the text as well but now I see what s truly there and we understand that it s not just the words in books that he comprehends but the existence of a wider world Hard as it is to believe, inner city children live the same kind of isolated existence as Cal s family, interacting mainly with people who look and talk and think just like them Books can suggest futures that couldn t be imagined otherwise, and I believe children will make that personal connection Whether or not This Book Woman is the most distinguished picture book of the year, I don t have the experience to decide I would however be sure to buy it for my Chicago Public School students.


  3. says:

    What a neat story A book about the real life Pack Horse Librarians, who brought library books to rural Appalachian families in Kentucky during the Depression I enjoyed the story a great book to teach kids about life during the 1930s and about the importance of books and stories.


  4. says:

    Loved it The beauty of this touching story just crept upon me and I was surprised by how touched I was in the end perfectly matching the way a love of reading gently but assuredly enveloped the boy in this story I love the way the story is told, using Appalachian style phrasing without sounding cliche, and the boy is just such a vivid character from his initial lack of interest even dislike of the chicken scratchings in books which his sister loves to his growing curiosity as he begins to wonder what makes books so powerful That Book Woman is the person who gets him thinking she braves the back country trails through rain and snow on horseback and for what to bring books to his family and others in the rural Appalachian communities Now, what could be so special about those books Of course, those of us who love books already know, but it s achingly beautiful to see this young boy fall under the magic spell of literature Best of all, this story alerted me to an amazing aspect of US history when women and a few men did travel to rural parts of the country the Pack Horse Librarians part of the WPA program the early and very brave counterparts of our Bookmobiles today Thanks so much to my friend Chandra for the recommendation This is a treasure


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    I loved this book, and I was as excited as Lark the girl sister in the story who likes to read from the start when that book woman comes every two weeks with books to swap from the last one s delivered The narrator is a boy Cal who takes time to be convinced that books can bring pleasure The story tells of the Pack Horse Librarians, mostly women, who made their rounds every two weeks, bringing books to residents of the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky The project was founded in the 1930s A note at the end of the story tells a little the history of these librarians The illustrations helped bring me right into the story and the lives of a particular family and the arduous route of a particular book woman too They re wonderful.This is a book for young readers but because of the dialect, cadence, and some of the variations on the spelling of words, and also some unusual for early readers words, I m not sure if this would be a good book for a beginning reader to pick up and try to read on their own It makes a good read aloud book though, and a good book for confident readers.


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    While this book isn t an account of any specific real life person, it does explain the wonderful Appalachian Mountain women who would travel to remote places to get books into the hands of children and those unable to come to town often enough.Every two weeks That Book Woman would show up at the doorstep of Cal and his family, to give a book to Cal s sister for free, and to swap with a new book in two weeks.The heart of the story sits with Cal, who doesn t understand reading and thinks it s absurd to sit stone still for hours with your nose staring at chicken scratches But, when That Book Woman and her horse brave the snow and cold to bring a new book, respect and curiosity start to work their magic on Cal and he begins to wonder just what s so important and fascinating about those books.Personally I wasn t totally enraptured with the illustrations on every page, though some I thought were simply splendid And while I could appreciate the less than perfect English Cal uses, and while it did bring a charm to the story, at times I found the book a little hard to follow part of this, I think, could be due to the formatting of the text on the page, because it felt looked like it should have been a poem, but it really wasn t even though the text had a sort of lyricalness about it.Overall I wasn t as moved as many of my Goodreads friends, but I did enjoy the book and really appreciated that it brings to light a subject so important and people who did such amazing and brave things Be sure to read the author s note It s very informative.


  7. says:

    The trouble with this book is Apparently I can t read it aloud without crying Such a beautiful book A simply told story about a young boy in the Appalachian mountains, whose life is changed by That Book Woman, a Depression era traveling librarian Small s art is gorgeous as always, and makes the book even tender and poignant.


  8. says:

    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 that book woman Thanks to my mother, who has been that book woman for me.


  9. says:

    During the Depression the pack horse librarians of Kentucky ventured into the hills of Appalachia to deliver books to people without access to libraries In this story one of these librarians travels way out of her way to the top of a mountain to deliver books to Cal s sister, Lark, who loves to read Cal doesn t consider himself a scholar boy and has no interest in books But it s the librarian s persistence that causes him to become curious about reading Will he become a reader too For about the pack horse librarians, combine this book with Kathi Appelt s Down Cut Shin Creek the Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky Recommended.


  10. says:

    The story of Kentucky s remarkable pack horse librarians, told from a young Appalachian boy s point of view Would pair well with Down Cut Shin Creek and Mary on Horseback.


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That Book Woman download That Book Woman, read online That Book Woman, kindle ebook That Book Woman, That Book Woman 0f663e936975 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