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Children's LiteratureAdults and children alike will be fascinated by this glimpse into how library books make their way into the hands of children in remote areas of the world. The book presents unusual, mostly mobile, libraries in communities of thirteen countries including Australia, Zimbabwe, Peru, and Mongolia. The inclusion of communities in England seems to be an exception to the book's theme of getting books to children in hard-to- reach locations. The text is brief and readable and the photographs are good. Each section also has a bit of information about the particular nation including a map, the national flag, and the languages spoken. Readers will learn that children in Azerbaijan and England get library books from trucks, children in Indonesia and Finland have them delivered by boat and in Thailand the library may be on the back of an elephant. Although the information is not detailed, it is a fine and interesting introduction to libraries as creative enterprises and the importance of books to children all over the globe. This book would be welcome in a home book collection, as part of a geography unit in school and of course in a library. 2005, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Sarah Rachel Egelman