Hands Around the Library by Karen Leggett Abouraya
Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books

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The inspiring true story of demonstrators standing up for the love of a library, from a New York Times bestselling illustrator

In January 2011, in a moment that captured the hearts of people all over the world, thousands of Egypt's students, library workers, and demonstrators surrounded the great Library of Alexandria and joined hands, forming a human chain to protect the building. They chanted "We love you, Egypt!" as they stood together for the freedom the library represented.

Illustrated with Susan L. Roth's stunning collages, this amazing true story demonstrates how the love of books and libraries can unite a country, even in the midst of turmoil.

About Karen Leggett Abouraya

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Susan L. Roth (www.susanlroth.com) is the author and/or illustrator of more than forty books for children, including the New York Times bestseller Listen to the Wind. She lives in Queens, New York.Karen Leggett Abouraya is a radio and print journalist, specializing in children's literature. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Published August 30, 2012 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books.

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The text begins traditionally but quickly changes to indicate that this is a contemporary story: “Once upon a time, / not a long time ago, / many people in Egypt / were sad and sometimes angry, / because they were not free to speak, / or vote as they wished, or gather in groups.” Young people one...

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Roth and journalist Abouraya, in her first children’s book, transport readers to Egypt in January 2011 where, after years of living under an oppressive government, “Egypt’s young people decided/ it was finally time/ to let their voices be heard,/ and so they began to march in the streets.â€...

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When they reached thef Alexandria Library, many were afraid some protesters might cause harm to others or to the library.

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