Once in an interview with author T.A.Barron, I asked him, "What's the best question you've ever been asked?" He thought about it for a few seconds and then said his youngest child had once said to him, "Daddy, you write stories, right? Is living a life sort of like writing a story?" Here is the story of a boy named Tomas who is the son of migrant workers. It's the heat of the summer and Tomas is bumping along on the hot, thirsty road from Texas to Iowa where his parents will help the farmers pick their crops. One of the bright spots of this migrant life has been listening to the stories told by his Grandpa but now Tomas has heard them all and knows all the endings. Grandpa tells him to go to the library to find new stories all his own. So, one day Tomas walks up the stairs and stands looking through the glass door at the enormous building filled with so many books. Should he enter this world? Does he belong here? Will he write his own story with his own life? Wonderful testimony to the power and wonder of reading and books and their magical ability to change lives and the world. Ages 5-9 40 pages
Tomas and the Library Lady
Social Studies Curriculum
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