TomÃ¡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, TomÃ¡s knows all the stories by heart. "There are more stories in the library,"Papa GrandeÂ tells him.Â Â The very next day, TomÃ¡s meets the library lady and a whole new world opens up for him.Â
Based on the true story of the Mexican-American author and educator TomÃ¡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.Â Â Raul ColÃ³n's warm, expressive paintings perfectly interweave the harsh realities of TomÃ¡s's life, the joyful imaginings he finds in books, and his special relationships with a wise grandfather and a caring librarian. Â
"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 [TomÃ¡s Rivera] who became chancellor of a university--where the library now bears his name."--Publishers Weekly
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.
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