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The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq

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"In the Koran, the first thing God said to Muhammad was 'Read.'"-- Alia Muhammad Baker

Alia 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.

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About the Author:

Jeanette Winter has illustrated many books for children, including Day of the Dead by Tony Johnston and her own 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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Recommended Age 5 - 10
Author Jeanette Winter
ISBN 0152054456
Publication Date Jan 1, 2005
Publisher Harcourt Children's Books
Language English