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Clara and the Bookwagon

By Nancy Smiler Levinson, Illustrated by Carolyn Croll

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    Papa will not allow Clara to learn to read—he says "Farm people like us do not have time to read." But when the traveling bookwagon, with persuasive Miss Mary at the reins, arrives at their farm, Papa realizes he must change his mind. Based on the true story of America’s first ‘bookmobile.’

    "The free library in a nearby Maryland village is off-limits to the curious child, but Clara's chance encounter with librarian Mary Titcomb and the first horse-drawn 'moving library' changes her father's response. A glimpse of childhood without schools, libraries, literacy and books is presented in easy-to-read historical fiction." (Cooperative Children's Book Center)

    Clara and the Bookwagon is a Level Three I Can Read book. Level 3 includes many fun subjects kids love to read about on their own. Themes include friendship, adventure, historical fiction, and science. Level 3 books are written for early independent readers. They include some challenging words and more complex themes and stories.


    Nancy Smiler Levinson

    Nancy Smiler Levinson has written many popular books for young readers, including Magellan and the First Voyange Around the World and the I Can Read Books Clara and the Bookwagon, illustrated by Carolyn Croll, and Snowshoe Thompson, illustrated by Joan Sandin. She lives in Beverly Hills, California.

    Illustrated by Carolyn Croll


    Imprint: HarperCollins

    Format: Paperback

    On Sale: 01/30/1991

    ISBN: 9780064441346

    ISBN10: 0064441342

    Pages: 64

    Trimsize: 8.500 x 5.500 in


    JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Beginner

    JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 19th Century

    JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / Farm & Ranch Life