My Librarian Is a Camel by Margriet Ruurs
How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World

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Do you get books from a public library in your town or even in your school library? In many remote areas of the world, there are no library buildings. In many countries, books are delivered in unusual way: by bus, boat, elephant, donkey, train, even by wheelbarrow. Why would librarians go to the trouble of packing books on the backs of elephants or driving miles to deliver books by bus? Because, as one librarian in Azerbaijan says, "Books are as important to us as air or water!" This is the intriguing photo essay, a celebration of books, readers, and libraries.

About Margriet Ruurs

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Margriet Ruurs loves to visit her local library. She writes children's books and educational materials and conducts author visits in schools across the United States and Canada. She lives in Shedd, Oregon.
Published August 1, 2005 by Boyds Mills Press. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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In the U.S., we have bookmobiles and we’ve heard about horses used in hilly terrain, but in Thailand, elephants carry books and special metal slates so that children in rural villages can lean to read and write.

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