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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (761 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Heather Henson Narrator: Walker Harrison Publisher: Weston Woods Studios Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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Cal is not the reading type, but that book woman keeps visiting. This is the moving story of the Pack Horse Librarians, whose bravery and commitment helped rural children find something wonderful in books.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 2/15/2014

    " Great story based on true events. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joenna | 2/5/2014

    " A very sweet book about reading. Cal and his sister Lark live in the country, miles away from town. Lark loves to read, but Cal doesn't understand what's so special about reading. And there's this lady, who comes every two weeks to their house, and swaps books with Lark. Cal doesn't understand what would make this woman come miles and miles, even in the bitter cold, to bring his family books. One day he asks his sister about the books and if he could read them too. Cal learns the value of books and reading, and is thankful for the Book Woman. This story is in rhyming text, in a Southern way of speaking, with some slang. Great for read alouds for older kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julian H. | 1/30/2014


  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea Gail Smith | 1/23/2014

    " When I first saw That Book Woman by Heather Henson, I did not know what to expect. I had previously taken an Appalachian studies course, and the material we had to read for the class never seemed to catch my interest. By looking at the cover, my eye was caught. I could tell the illustrations by David Small were going to be beautiful with a lot of scenery, which they were. He also made the family very detailed, but left that Book Woman with out a face. I feel like he did this because we all have someone in our life who has inspired us to read and this lets us imagine who that person could be. The first few pages immediately got me hooked. I enjoyed how it was narrated by the young boy, I felt that style of narrative put the reader in his shoes and the lifestyle he had. How the young boy "Cal" explains his life in such a way that he is content with what he does. He makes a comment, "And even Lark can hardly spread her wings and fly." His whole family was set in their ways and almost stuck with what they were doing. Even when "that book lady" brings "treasures" Cal can barely stand it, he does not think the family should spend their money on books, but low and behold the lady was bringing the books for free. Some time passed and a long winter was ahead but still the woman came and delivered the books. With this Cal realized that, "It's not the horse alone that's brave, I reckon, but the rider too." Seeing that book woman travel through the deep snow, only on horse changed Cal's opinion, he wanted to know why she would risk delivering those books to his family. As the winter goes on, Cal learns to read, and when that Book Woman returned the family wanted to give her a gift for giving the family books, and making Cal a reader. Cal wanted to give her a gift himself and all she asked was to hear him read. This part put a soft spot in my heart and almost made me tear up a little bit. Taking the Appalachian Studies class taught me about how hard living in the mountains can be. One main topic we covered was how different the education is in the mountains, little children have trouble reading. This book is inspiring for children everywhere who just do not want to read, but have the ability. They need to understand that some students do not even have books to read. This book really shows the importance and appreciation of what reading is about. I also found it interesting that in the Author's Note Heather Henson tells us that this story was inspired by librarians who did the exact thing as that Book Woman did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ilana Waters | 1/9/2014

    " A uniquely meaningful book. A stellar combination of history and bibliophilia, and Cal's "accent" throughout the book really brings him to life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suz | 12/18/2013

    " Another great Appalachian story. I would love to build a unit around books like this and present the history of our area and the progress from Pack Horse Librarians to Book Mobiles and on to the present. Hmmmm... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nan Sprester | 12/7/2013

    " What a great book. It brought a tear to my eye. This is why we need to fight for the future of libraries. I'm not going to tell you what it's about because I want you all to go read it for yourself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer C | 11/27/2013

    " The genre of this book is historical fiction.Thisbook is about a woman that she comes to a house and trade books.My schema is that I love books.My question is why does the woman switchbooks?.What I want to remember is when she travels in hot and cold weather. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Ann | 11/21/2013

    " Older elementary students will enjoy learning about the historic book women who served Appalachia on horseback in the 1930s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Relyn | 9/5/2013

    " I am enamored of the Kentucky Pack Mule Librarians. Do you know about them? They were amazing. The Pack Mule Librarians was a program of the WPA and it was incredible. Plus, I just love David Small and he illustrated this book. You should read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 5/30/2013

    " A great historical fiction picture book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Franklini. | 4/29/2013

    " This book is fantastic becouse there is a woman tha gif books to a family.This book is historical fiction becouse tha coult happen tha a woman gif books to a family.I recomend this book to the people tha like book to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 10/2/2012

    " Idea of the book came from the work of real Pack Horse Librarians in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky. The Pack Horse Library Project was founded in the 1930's from the Roosevelt's Administration to bring books to people in remote regions where there were few schools or libraries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 9/19/2012

    " This book is beautifully illustrated. Each picture seems to tell a story in itself. Plus the story made me get a little teary in general. What an amazing tale Henson and Small tell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan G | 5/13/2012

    " That book woman is an entertanig book.I like it becos it has a lot of emotion,and because the kid only works and dosent red.My schema is that the boy learned to lov to red like Me.The genrea is historicol fiction "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 4/27/2012

    " "pack horse librarians of Appalachia, reading, first ""bookmobiles""" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darcy | 3/9/2012

    " What a cool little bit of history. Mobile Librarians on horseback loaning books for free just like dedicated mailmen in every kind of weather. This was a really cool picture book written in prose. "

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