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MY LIBRARIAN IS A CAMEL by Margriet Ruurs

MY LIBRARIAN IS A CAMEL

How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World

By Margriet Ruurs

Age Range: 8 - 11

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-59078-093-0
Publisher: Boyds Mills

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. A combination library/classroom created by the Railway Police Division in some old train carriages, brightly painted and refurbished, serves homeless children in Bangkok. In Kenya and Mongolia, camels carry books and boats serve the purpose in Finland and Indonesia. Ruurs uses a double-paged spread with several color photos for each of 13 countries along with a fact box that includes a small regional map (not always clear), the flag, population, some general information and the language(s) spoken in each nation. One of the more unusual books about libraries, this may also get kids thinking about children in other countries in a way that the series books never do. (world map) (Nonfiction. 8-11)