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Clara and the Bookwagon (I Can Read Book, Level 3)
Clara and the Bookwagon - I Can Read Book, Level 3 Author:Nancy Smiler Levinson, Carolyn Croll (Illustrator) Papa will not allow Clara to learn to read -- he says that ‘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.’
This is one of the Sonlight 3rd grade reading selections. It's a very touching book, especially for book lovers. Clara really wants a book but her father discourages her even learning to read because books are expensive and he didn't consider reading a worthy pastime to a farm family. All this changes when she meets the traveling librarian.
Charming story of a young farm girl who prefers daydreaming to hard work on the farm. Clara is first attracted to books when she encounters them at the country store where the shopowner announces that anyone can borrow them for free. Papa, however, says "no". When the travelling bookwagon meets Clara on her farm, the librarian agrees to talk to Papa about letting Clara learn to read. Set in the midi-late 1800s in Maryland.