That Book Woman Book
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That Book Woman

Written and illustrated by Heather Henson

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers


Publisher's Summary

Offers the story of the Pack Horse Librarian who traveled to remote regions throughout the United States during the Depression to deliver books and a stubborn boy who refused to give reading a try. 50,000 first printing.

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  • Age Range: 4-8
  • Pages: 40
  • Book Type: picture
  • Publication Date: October 7, 2008
  • ISBN: 1416908129
  • ISBN 13: 9781416908128
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While to my understanding this is not based on one specific true story, it does honor the pack horse librarians as a special part of American history. David Small's illustrations are lovely and I love the emphasis on facial expressions, particularly the little boy's as his opinion of books changes from one of disgust and annoyance to true enjoyment as he witnesses the librarian's commitment to bringing new books to his family come what may. The story is definitely on the longer side and may be geared towards a bit of an older audience, but it is beautifully written and provides an accessible glimpse into one small piece of isolated Appalachian life.

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Heather Henson

Heather Henson lives on a farm in Kentucky with her husband and three children, and is the author of several critically acclaimed picture books and novels, including the Christopher Award–winning That Book Woman and Dream of Night.

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