Synopses & Reviews
When Dorothy was a young girl, she loved books, and she loved people, so she decided that she would become a librarian.
Dorothy's dearest wish is to be a librarian in a fine brick library just like the one she visited when she was small. But her new home in North Carolina has valleys and streams but no libraries, so Miss Dorothy and her neighbors decide to start a bookmobile. Instead of people coming to a fine brick library, Miss Dorothy can now bring the books to them—at school, on the farm, even once in the middle of a river!
Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile is an inspiring story about the love of books, the power of perseverance, and how a librarian can change people's lives.
"The team that introduced the inspiring rural North Carolina teacher in My Great-Aunt Arizona revisits the Blue Ridge Mountains for this tale that pays tribute to a beloved and dedicated librarian from Houston's childhood. Growing up in Massachusetts, Dorothy always wanted to be a librarian and to work in 'a fine brick library just like the one in the center of the square in her hometown.' But love and marriage derail her grand plan, landing her on a farm in North Carolina and in a community with no library at all. The can-do spirit of her neighbors and Miss Dorothy's passion for sharing books soon blossom into a wildly popular bookmobile operation, and later a small free-standing library. Houston writes with a knowing, warm tone about a woman who touched the lives of many and cherished the ripple effect of her actions. Lamb's bucolic pencil-and-watercolor scenes feel like a family scrapbook of rural mid 20th century life, right down to the design of the hefty but reliable green bookmobile. Ages 6 9. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From Houston and Lamb comes the true story of Miss Dorothy, an enterprising and dedicated librarian who drove a bookmobile to bring books to her neighbors in Appalachia, in this companion volume to "My Great-Aunt Arizona." Full color.
About the Author
Gloria Houston is the author of numerous books for children, including My Great-Aunt Arizona
, illustrated by Susan Condie Lamb, which was a Smithsonian Treasure, a Family Channel's Best Book, an IRA Teachers' and Children's Choices book, and an NCTE Best Book, among other honors. She also wrote The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree
, illustrated by Barbara Cooney, which was an annual Publishers Weekly
Bestseller and was named a Best Book of the Decade by the American Library Association. She currently lives in North Carolina.
Susan Condie Lamb has illustrated several other picture books for children, including the beloved My Great-Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston. Now writing and illustrating her own projects, Susan lives in Connecticut.