THE LIBRARIAN OF BASRA by Jeanette Winter

THE LIBRARIAN OF BASRA

A True Story from Iraq
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Living history is not always sweet, but Winter, who has made beauty from contemporary horror in September Roses (p. 815) does it anew. Alia Muhammad Baker was the chief librarian of the Central Library in Basra, Iraq, a meeting place for many and quite near one of Basra’s best restaurants. When war comes to Basra, Alia saves the books in the only way she can see: She takes thousands of them to her own home, to the homes of friends, and to the restaurant next door. Alia saved 70 percent of her collection before the library was firebombed and destroyed. Winter tells this story in simple, clear declarative sentences. 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 and clothing of the people of Basra. Created with strength and courage, like Alia’s devotion to the books in her charge. (author’s note) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-15-205445-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2004




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