That Book Woman

That Book Woman

Illustrated by: David Small
For Ages: 4 - 8
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Cal is not the readin' type. Living way high up in the Appalachian Mountains, he'd rather help Pap plow or go out after wandering sheep than try some book learning. Nope. Cal does not want to sit stoney-still reading some chicken scratch. But that Book Woman keeps coming just the same. She comes in the rain. She comes in the snow. She comes right up the side of the mountain, and Cal knows that's not easy riding. And all just to lend his sister some books. Why, that woman must be plain foolish -- or is she braver than he ever thought?

That Book Woman is a rare and moving tale that honors a special part of American history -- the Pack Horse Librarians, who helped untold numbers of children see the stories amid the chicken scratch, and thus made them into lifetime readers.
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 40 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416908128 | 
  • October 2008 | 
  • Grades P - 3
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About the Author

Heather Henson
Photo Credit: Tim Ungs

Heather Henson

Heather Henson lives on a farm in Kentucky with her husband and three children, and is the author of several picture books and novels, including That Book Woman and Dream of Night.

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