Another story from her family's history!
This one tells about her grandmother Barber's love for books and her uncanny ability to predict storms.
Her kind father builds her a library (which she calls The Mermaid's Purse) to hold all of her books. With her goat pulling a cart, she walks from farm to farm, offering her books to farmers and their wives. A book mobile!
Then a twister rages through their farm and destroys The Mermaid's Purse. Not a wall stood. All the books had disappeared.
Stella slips into depression. The farm community rallies around her and gives her meaning again.
Photographs of her grandmother are in the back.
-Borrowed from the library.