Monday, June 20, 2011

Nonfiction Monday Book Review: Miss Dorothy and her Bookmobile, by Gloria Houston (Harper Collins, 2011)

Recommended for ages 6-9.

Author Gloria Houston and illustrator Susan Condie Lamb, who last teamed up for the beloved award-winning picture book My Great Aunt Arizona, have created another heartwarming and inspiring story about the special people who love books and sharing them with others.

Miss Dorothy decided to be a librarian as a young girl, because she loved books and loved people, so what could be better?  But when she fell in love and moved with her husband to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, there was no library there.  But that didn't stop Miss Dorothy, and soon the community raised money for a bookmobile, with Miss Dorothy as the librarian.  We see her delivering books all over town, and Miss Dorothy "smiling the broad smile of a happy librarian, who enjoys nothing so much as sharing her books with her friends."  Eventually a little house is donated as a library, and Miss Dorothy finally has a real library building.  At the end, we see an elderly Miss Dorothy receiving letters from her readers, near and far.  An author's note tells us a little more about the real Dorothy Thomas, who was one of the author's heroes as a child growing up.

This is a charming book for anyone who loves books, libraries, and the power of words to change lives.  Highly recommended!


Kathryn said...

This sounds really sweet! I usually gravitate toward fiction, so it's always fun to have a fun nonfiction story--sounds like a good one to keep in mind for when my nieces get just a little older! Thanks for the recommendation.

shelf-employed said...

I always like to have a list going of good books about librarians. I share them at school visits and during National Library Week. Thanks for the heads up. I have not seen this one.

jan godown annino said...

Oh, wonderful!
Can't wait to see it.
AND this is the week of the librarians' big shin-dig in New Orleans, the 2011 national convention.
What a sweet gift from TFM! Kudos, Margo.

Gloria Houston said...

Thank you for your lovely review of MISS DOROTHY AND HER BOOKMOBILE. So happy that you enjoyed a snapshot of the life of a wonderful woman who influenced so many.

All best,
Gloria Houston

PragmaticMom said...

I was so happy to learn about this book about another incredible librarian! I added it to my Top 10 List: Librarians as Superheroes in Children's Books! Thanks for the great review!