Dust from the Book Fairy

Archive for November 2008

Just got back from the Tennessee Association of School Librarian conference yesterday.  Too pooped and sick to write much today, but hope to have more later.  Lots of good ideas I want to take back to my teachers and students.  Loved hearing Deborah Wiles and Will Richardson speak!  Wanted to blog about it while at the conference, but darned if I’m willing to pay $11 for wireless in the hotel or tie up one of the two computers available for that long!  (Boo Marriott).

Will hopefully write more about it later.

That Book Woman

That Book Woman

That Book Woman is both an account of the impact of the pack horse librarians that brought books to isolated Appalachian families, and the story of how one illiterate boy, Cal, becomes a reader.  As a librarian, this book made me tear up; I loved how Cal changes from resenting his sister’s love of books and wondering why “that book woman” is so persistent, to asking his sister to teach him to read and thanking “that book woman” by the end of the story.
This book was much better received by the adults in my school than the students (K-5).  The adults have uniformly loved it; the students gave it a lukewarm approval.  The vocabulary and dialect make it a difficult read for them, but it works as a heavily scaffolded read aloud–meaning, take the time to explain what’s going on as you read.

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