The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter
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. Illustrated by Jeanette Winter in bright acrylic and ink.

Includes an author's note.
*From the New York Times, July 27, 2003


About Jeanette Winter

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JEANETTE WINTERhas illustrated many books for children, includingDay of the Deadby Tony Johnston and her ownCalavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book,My Name Is Georgia,andJosefina. She lives in New York City.
Published January 1, 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Children's Books, Education & Reference.

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Her beautiful acrylic-and-pen illustrations are filled with the rose and violet, blue and gold, russet and orange colors of the desert, and she uses pattern to great effect in the shelves and piles of books, in the dark array of planes and bombs over the city, and in the parti-colored headscarves...

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