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Clara and the Bookwagon by Nancy Smiler Levinson

July 8, 2010

Children’s Book Review: Clara and the Bookwagon by Nancy Smiler Levinson

Clara and the BookwagonThis book is a beginning reader for children who are ready for their first chapter books. These four short, fact based chapters tell the story of the first mobile library: What we would call a “book mobile.”

Clara is a little girl who works very hard on her family farm. Her duties on the farm keep Clara from attending school. There is always a full day’s work for Clara as the oldest of three children. She helps plant and weed the garden, wash laundry, and cook meals, but when she has the time to rest she dreams of having her own story books.

On a rare trip to town with her father, Clara is astonished to learn she can borrow a book for free from the book station in the general store. Clara is thrilled, but her father tells her ‘farm people don’t have time to read.’

One day while Clara is out picking berries, a strange black wagon stops on the nearby road. A lady introduces herself as Mary the librarian. Mary is the inventor of the first bookwagon in the nation. She is enthusiastic about making books available to people living in the country. Mary convinces Clara’s father that Clara can learn to read and that books are for everyone, even farm folks.

No flags.

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