The son of migrant workers, Tomas 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 Mexican-American author-educator Tomas Rivera.
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: TomÃÂ¡s 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, TomÃÂ¡s knows all the stories by heart. "There are more stories in the library," Papa Grande
tells him.ÃÂ ÃÂ The very next day, TomÃÂ¡s 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 TomÃÂ¡s 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.ÃÂ ÃÂ Raul ColÃÂ³n's warm, expressive paintings perfectly interweave the harsh realities of TomÃÂ¡s's life, the joyful imaginings he finds in books, and his special relationships with a wise grandfather and a caring librarian.ÃÂ ÃÂ