Monday, June 20, 2011
Nonfiction Monday Book Review: Miss Dorothy and her Bookmobile, by Gloria Houston (Harper Collins, 2011)
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!