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Tomas and the Library Lady Teacher’s Guide

By Pat Mora

Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora



• Tomás Rivera was a migrant worker who was encouraged to read
by a librarian in Iowa. He taught the librarian Spanish words and
she opened up a world of adventure through books for him.

• Tomás was the first Mexican American to hold the position of
chancellor at any university of the University of California.

• The University of California at Riverside campus library bears
his name.


• Tomás belongs to a family of migrant workers. Have you ever
moved? Try to imagine what life would be like if you had to keep
moving from place to place. What things would you miss about
your home? What might be difficult about this kind of life?

• Why do you think Tomás’s mouth “felt full of cotton” as he
approached the library for the first time. Share an experience that
you have had when you felt nervous about experiencing something
new. Why do you think books are so important to Tomás? Why are
books an important part of your life?


• Tomás can read and speak in two different languages, English and
Spanish. Create flash cards with a Spanish word on one side and
its English equivalent on the reverse side, and work with a friend
to build a Spanish vocabulary. Start off with words from the book:
tigre: tiger; grande: big; uno: one; libro: book; pájaro: bird;
adios: goodbye.


A Library For Juana: The World Of Sor Juana Inés
HC: 978-0-375-80643-8 • GLB: 978-0-385-90863-5 • Sanish Edition PB: 978-0-440-41765-1

Anne Frank
HC: 978-0-375-83242-0 • GLB: 978-0-375-93242-7

As Good As Anybody:
Martin Luther King Jr. And Abraham Joshua Heschel’s
Amazing March Toward Freedom
HC: 978-0-375-83335-9 • GLB: 978-0-375-93335-6

The Boy On Fairfield Street:
How Ted Geisel Grew Up To Become Dr. Seuss
HC: 978-0-375-82298-8 • GLB: 978-0-375-92298-5

Boys Of Steel: The Creators Of Superman
HC: 978-0-375-83802-6 • GLB: 978-0-375-93802-3

The Champ: The Story Of Muhammad Ali
PB: 978-0-440-41782-8 • HC: 978-0-375-82401-2 • GLB: 978-0-375-92401-9

The Daring Nellie Bly: America’s Star Reporter
GLB: 978-0-375-91568-0

PB: 978-0-679-85617-7 • HC: 978-0-679-81987-5 • GLB: 978-0-679-91987-2

The Fantastic Undersea Life Of Jacques Cousteau
HC: 978-0-375-85573-3 • GLB: 978-0-375-95573-0
Available Spring 2009!

Follow The Dream: The Story Of Christopher Columbus
HC: 978-0-679-80628-8 • GLB: 978-0-679-90628-5

Joan of Arc
HC: 978-0-679-89041-6

Muhammad Ali
HC: 978-0-375-83622-0 • GLB: 978-0-375-93787-3

My Dream Of Martin Luther King
PB: 978-0-517-88577-2

Nothing But Trouble: The Story Of Althea Gibson
HC: 978-0-375-83408-0 • GLB: 978-0-375-93408-7

Only Passing Through: The Story Of Sojourner Truth
PB: 978-0-440-41766-8 • HC: 978-0-679-89186-4 • GLB: 978-0-679-99186-1

Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum
HC: 978-0-375-83965-8 • GLB: 978-0-375-93965-5

The Road To Oz: Twists, Turns, Bumps, And Triumphs
In The Life Of L. Frank Baum
HC: 978-0-375-83216-1 • GLB: 978-0-375-93216-8

Strong Man: The Story Of Charles Atlas
HC: 978-0-375-82940-6 • GLB: 978-0-375-92940-3

They Called Her Molly Pitcher
PB: 978-0-553-11253-5 • HC: 978-0-679-89187-1

Tomás And The Library Lady
PB: 978-0-375-80349-9 • HC: 978-0-679-80401-7
Spanish Edition Pb: 978-0-679-84173-9

Who Was Sandy Koufax?
HC: 978-0-375-83738-8 • GLB: 978-0-375-93738-5
Available Spring 2009!

Woody Guthrie: Poet Of The People
HC: 978-0-375-81113-5

Young Pelé: Soccer’s First Star
HC: 978-0-375-83599-5 • GLB: 978-0-375-93599-2

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