THAT BOOK WOMAN
By Heather Henson
Illustrated by David Small ABOUT THIS BOOK
High up on a mountain, right near the tippy-top, Cal and his family squeak out a living with their farm. There's no time for visiting or reading or learning, and that suits Cal just fine. But then a woman starts coming around with loads of books for borrowing, and Cal has to wonder if there's something to this reading after all. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
What does Cal think about school and learning? Does it help the family survive on their mountain? How does Cal feel when Lark reads or tries to teach others?
Why is it so strange for the family to see a woman ride up with the books? Is there anything that would make a woman better for this job than a man?
Why is Cal so angry when his father offers up the poke of berries in exchange for the books? Does he change his mind about giving the book woman something in exchange for her work?
The book woman accepts very little from the people that she visits -- she won't take payment for the books or shelter from the storms. Why? Why do you think the families keep trying to give her things?
What makes Cal decide to learn to read? Why would it have been hard for him to ask Lark to teach him?
Describe how Cal's face looks in the beginning of the book, when he talks about reading, and when the book woman first starts coming around. Does the expression on his face change as the story conti