Tomas and the Library Lady (Dragonfly Books) (Paperback)

By Pat Mora, Raul Colon (Illustrator)

Dragonfly Books, 9780375803499, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 22, 2000



A Common Core Exemplar Text by an award-winning author-illustrator team

Tomas 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, Tomas knows all the stories by heart. "There are more stories in the library,"Papa Grande tells him. The very next day, Tomas 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 Tomas 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 Colon's warm, expressive paintings perfectly interweave the harsh realities of Tomas'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 Tomas Rivera] who became chancellor of a university--where the library now bears his name."--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Pat Mora, a Chicana educator, is a published poet and the author of several books for children. Raul Colon was awarded the Silver Medal by the Society of Illustrators for Always My Dad, his first children's book.