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That Book Woman: 08/12/18
That Book Woman by Heather Henson is told from the perspective of a teenage boy whose life is completely focused on the family farm. His younger sister is a book worm and he holds her passion with withering disdain.
That is until a woman arrives on horseback with her saddlebags stuffed full of books. She hands one to Cal's sister. It's on through her mastery of the horse and her persistence even in the worst of storms that Cal begins to appreciate that books might be important and special.
The book is illustrated by David Small. He brings a ruggedness to the characters and their environment. Through his paintings we are teleported to Kentucky during the Great Depression. It is an impoverished time, a time when the dustbowls of the Great Plains are pushing eastward and the failing banks, collapsing real estate market, and vanishing jobs, further puts poor families at the mercy of the land.