The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq

Hardcover | December 20, 2004

byJeanette Winter

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In the Koran, the first thing God said to Muhammad was 'Read.'"* - Alia Muhammad BakerAlia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, her library has been a meeting place for those who love books. Until now. Now war has come, and Alia fears that the library - along with the thirty thousand books within it - will be destroyed forever.In a war-stricken country where civilians - especially women - have little power, this true story about a librarian's struggle to save her community's priceless collection of books reminds us all how, throughout the world, the love of literature and the respect for knowledge know no boundaries. Illustrated by Jeanette Winter in bright acrylic and ink. Includes an author's note. *From the New York Times, July 27, 2003"

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In the Koran, the first thing God said to Muhammad was 'Read.'"* - Alia Muhammad BakerAlia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, her library has been a meeting place for those who love books. Until now. Now war has come, and Alia fears that the library - along with the thirty thousand books within it - will ...

JEANETTE WINTER has written and illustrated many books for children, including MAMA, The Librarian of Basra, Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book, My Name Is Georgia, and Josefina. She lives in New York City.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 10.98 × 8.5 × 0.44 inPublished:December 20, 2004Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0152054456

ISBN - 13:9780152054458

Appropriate for ages: 4

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! This is a remarkable story, helps to shed light on very literate and dedicated Iraqis. A great gift to any school librarian/teacher!!
Date published: 2014-05-23

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timely and moving" "a vibrantly illustrated tale of valor and resiliency in the worst of times" "