Wednesday, August 1, 2018

That Book Woman by Heather Henson


Recently, I was suggested to read the picture book The Book Woman by Heather Henson. I immediately went to my public library's website to find it and placed a hold. I absolutely love book suggestions! It is like a gift. One that someone has experienced and loved it so, they want to share it with others for one reason or another. Books truly are a gift that keeps on giving to the reader and those lives the reader has touched after they have read.

The story is of a family who lives far out of town, high up in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky. It is told through a boy named Cal who does not like to read, he finds the act foolish. His sister, Lark "would keep her nose a-twixt the pages of a book daybreak to dusky dark if Mama would allow" (p.5). One day, Cal and his family have a visitor, a stranger, and she brings with her a saddlebag of books. Lark is very well pleased with the treasure, yet Cal is uninspired. Lark is able to keep the book for two weeks and then the lady will return horseback to exchange it for another. The rain, fog, cold, and snow did not stop this lady from bringing books to their door. One night, Cal is surprised that she came in the coldest of nights, which brought new ideas to his mind. One that I will let you find out on your own ... check it out at your local library or watch this video below:


The final page of the book provides a note from the author, this story was inspired by the Pack Horse Librarians who were known as Book Women in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky.

Image: Kentucky Digital Library
You can read more about the Pack Horse Library Project which was founded in the 1930's as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration in order to bring books to remote regions where there were few schools and no libraries.


I read this book as a part of my #BookaDay Reading Challenge, inspired by Donalyn Miller. My goal is to read at least one children's literature book everyday and share my thoughts here on my blog. Please feel free to subscribe or connect with me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time ...

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