The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq

By:  Jeanette Winter

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Alia Muhammad Baker's library in Basra, Iraq, has been a meeting place for those who love books for the past fourteen years. Now war has come, and Alia fears that the library--along with the thirty thousand books within it--will be destroyed forever.

In this incredible true story of a war-stricken country where civilians seem powerless in the face of battle, this feminist and inspirational tale about a librarian's struggle to save her community's priceless collection of books reminds us how, throughout the world, the love of literature can unite us all. 

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  • Format: Paperback

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358141839

  • ISBN-10: 0358141834

  • Pages: 32

  • Price: $8.99

  • Publication Date: 09/24/2019

  • Carton Quantity: 50

  • Age(s): 4,5,6,7

  • Grade(s): Pre-K-3

  • Reading Level:

    • Guided Reading Level O

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Jeanette Winter

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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    * "This is an important story that puts a human face on the victims of war and demonstrates that a love of books and learning is a value that unites people everywhere." - School Library Journal?

    "Winter isolates another true story of everyday heroism against a tragic backdrop. The librarian's quiet bravery serves as a point of entry into a freighted topic. -Booklist

    "Timely and moving." -Better Homes and Gardens

    "As spare yet penetrating as the narrative, Winter's boldly hued, acrylic and pen illustrations depict the frantic book salvaging effort against a bright orange and burnt sienna backdrop of bomb- and gunfire-lit skies and the subsequent, heartbreaking library fire." -Publishers Weekly

    "Created with strength and courage, like Alia's devotion to the books in her charge." -Kirkus

     

     

Available Resources

Related Categories

  • Format: Paperback

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358141839

  • ISBN-10: 0358141834

  • Pages: 32

  • Price: $8.99

  • Publication Date: 09/24/2019

  • Carton Quantity: 50

  • Age(s): 4,5,6,7

  • Grade(s): Pre-K-3

  • Reading Level:

    • Guided Reading Level O

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