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The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    My children's favorite !!

    My two daughters 6 and 8 love this book and understand now why there are so many people fighting in Afghanistan.
    It is a great book with beautiful drawings!
    It opens their eyes on the world and let them cherish the opportunities they have here!!

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

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    A brave person can inspire us all...

    A beautifully illustrated and lovingly crafted story about a brave woman who saved the Basra library books from destruction during the bombing in Iraq. In simple sentences, complex emotions are expressed. This would be especially good for sensitive children whose parents are in some way connected with reconstruction in Iraq.

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  • Posted October 13, 2009

    A Great Story

    This book was an amazing story about a true librarian who loved her books. It shows the lengths that she would go to save her books from the destruction of war. She felt that her books were very valuable and had meaning behind them. The books were in many languages and she had one book that was over seven hundred years old. She keeps all the books at her house and waits for the war to end. This story will open your eyes to the impact that the war is having on the people of Iraq. Here in America we do not see buldings being bombed and on fire because of the war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2006

    A book with a political agenda!!!

    This book has a good base story, however do not be fooled. There is a depiction of a U.S. Army soldier going into a restaurant and asking the owner why he has a gun. The restaurant owner replies, 'to protect my business'. Then the Soldier just walks out. This depiction gives the idea that our troops are in Iraq, terrorizing the business owners, and that the Librarian fears for this as well. The Library that the librarian is in fear of losing to the destruction of war is lost to a fire, but it is not said how. With the previous pages pictures depicting U.S. planes dropping bombs though, the children make the connection that it was bombed by the U.S. Army. No matter what side you stand politically, this book plants the seeds of confusion in the children¿s minds of our own U.S. soldiers. I am an elementary school teacher, and I literally had kids reading this book in our library, (because our Librarians recommend it to our elementary kids), and asking me why our soldiers are bombing Library's and hurting people¿s homes that are not in the United States. That is the job this author wants to accomplish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2005

    Highest Praises! Eyes LIT UP at this story!

    My son and I both loved this story! I rushed to reccomend it to my homeschool group and my friends online with kids! The artwork, the story, the values are all THERE in this book about a real librarian in Iraw that saves 70% of a libraries books from a horrible fire. This really drove the reality of the war home with my son - in a gentle manner that was age appropriate (he is 9) and not overly disturbing. What the book conveys is the seriousness of war, the value of knowledge and the triumph of human dedication. WHat more could a parent want! The artwork is very good - my son has talked about the book off and on since he read it - he said it was EXCELLENT!

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    Posted September 12, 2009

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