Review: Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile by Gloria Houston
By Gloria Houston (Author), Susan Condie Lamb (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 6 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (January 25, 2011)
Gloria Houston, author of the timeless classic THE YEAR OF THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE, has created another winner with her latest MISS DOROTHY AND HER BOOKMOBILE. Based on the true story of Houston’s beloved childhood librarian Dorothy Thomas, this is a touching tribute to how generously Thomas shared her great love of books with generations of life-long readers. Miss Dorothy has high hopes of becoming a respected librarian in a red brick building in her town square. She works hard to realize her goal, but when she falls in love with a man who wants to move to a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains, she must find a way to fashion a new dream for herself. In her trusty green bookmobile, Miss Dorothy travels over three countryside counties to deliver books to folks too far away to collect them including a wheelchair-bound child and a host of other grateful readers. In the end, a small white cottage is donated to house the many books Miss Dorothy has collected over the years. Susan Condie Lamb’s glowing pastel illustrations of the “land of high blue mountains, with deep green valleys, and cascading streams splashing silver” bring the story to life. The warm sense of community and the way in which Miss Dorothy’s dream turns into something richer than she imagined makes this a wonderfully instructive and heartfelt book for all ages.
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