Summary: That Book Woman by Heather Henson brings me back to trips to the Appalachian Mountains and hours of watching the Waltons. In this book a Pack Horse Librarian brings books to a family through all seasons and against all odds. The little boy is skeptical until the very end when he realizes that, if the librarian pushes through the fiercest conditions to bring them books, then he must find out why they are so important by reading them. The librarian is rewarded in the end with the best gift – knowing that she has changed a little boy’s life by helping him learn to read.
Pros: A story that is accessible to all ages about a not-so-often mentioned time and place in history. I loved watching the boy’s attitude change towards reading.
Cons: The book is written as someone from that culture would have spoken, so is a bit difficult for younger children to understand. Age Range: 3-9
☆☆☆☆1/2 of 5