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Tomas and the Library Lady
By Pat Mora and Raul Colon (illustrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Dragonfly
Publication date February 1, 2000
Binding Paperback
Book category Juvenile Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375803499
ISBN-10 0375803491
Dimensions 0.25 by 8 by 10 in.
Weight 0.30 lbs.
Original list price $7.99
Other format details juvenile
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
The son of migrant workers, Tom$s loves the stories his grandfather tells, and then the library lady introduces him to the wonderful world of books and reading, in a story based on the life of MexicanAmerican authoreducator Tom$s Rivera. Reprint.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780679804017
 
from Alfred a Knopf Inc (October 1, 1997)
9780679804017 | details & prices | 8.50 × 10.50 × 0.25 in. | Rec. grade levels 1-2 | 0.70 lbs | List price $17.00
About: While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Tomâas finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780375803499
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Dragonfly (February 1, 2000)
9780375803499 | details & prices | 8.00 × 10.00 × 0.25 in. | Rec. grade levels 2-3 | 0.30 lbs | List price $7.99
About: While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Tomas finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library.
Library
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With Eric Velasquez (other contributor) | from Alfred a Knopf Inc (August 1, 1997)
9780679904014 | details & prices | 8.25 × 10.25 × 0.25 in. | Rec. grade levels 1-2 | 0.80 lbs | List price $18.99
About: While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Tomâas finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library.
Reinforced
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from Demco Media (October 1, 2000)
9780606180931 | details & prices | 8.50 × 10.25 × 0.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 2-3 | 0.75 lbs | List price $15.81
This edition also contains Tomas and the Library Lady
About: While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Tomas finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library.
Prebinding
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Reprint edition from Paw Prints (May 22, 2008)
9781435286344 | details & prices | 8.25 × 10.00 × 0.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 2-3 | 0.70 lbs | List price $15.99
This edition also contains Tomas and the Library Lady
About: Tomás is a son of migrant workers.
from Turtleback Books (March 1, 2001)
9780613283625 | details & prices | 8.25 × 10.25 × 0.25 in. | Rec. grade levels 2-3 | 0.75 lbs | List price $18.40
About: While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Tomas finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library.

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