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The Librarian of Basra:  A True Story from Iraq

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq

Spring 2005 Non-Fiction
Ages: 4 - 9 yrs.
By: Jeanette Winter
ISBN: 0-15-205445-6
Hardcover Price: $16.00
In the port city of Basra, the librarian becomes worried about what will happen to her library books if war comes to Iraq. When Alia Muhammad Baker asked a government official for permission to move the books to a safe place, he refused. She secretly began moving the books at night filling up her car. When war reached Basra, and buildings were being destroyed, Alia enlisted friends and neighbors to move the library's remaining books to a friend's restaurant. Finally the books were moved into Alia's house where they safely wait for the end of the war. Within framed pictures at the top of mostly lavender and blue pages, the artist depicts war in flat, opaque, stylized painting show the damage of war without being too graphic.
Kemie Nix   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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