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The Librarian Of Basra: A True Story From Iraq Hardcover – 1 Jan 2005
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Gr. 3-5. On the heels of Winter's September Roses [BKL Ag 04]^B the author-illustrator isolates another true story of everyday heroism against a tragic backdrop. Books "are more precious than mountains of gold" to Basra librarian Alia Muhammad Baker. When "the beast of war" looms on the horizon, she and willing friends remove more than 30,000 volumes from the library and store them in their homes, preventing the collection's destruction when a bomb hits the building. As appropriate for her audience, Winter's bright, folk-art style does much to mute the horrific realities of war. The corresponding abstraction in the text, however, may give many readers pause. While an endnote explains that the "invasion of Iraq reached Basra on April 6, 2003," the nature of the crisis rocking Baker's homeland is left vague, and the U.S.'s role in the depicted events is never mentioned. At the same time, certain images--among them, silhouetted figures in robes fleeing from ominous tanks and jets--carry a pointed commentary that will require sensitivity when presenting this to children of deployed parents. Still, the librarian's quiet bravery serves as a point of entry into a freighted topic, and young readers will be glad to learn that a portion of the book's sales will go toward helping rebuild Basra's library. Jennifer Mattson
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"a vibrantly illustrated tale of valor and resiliency in the worst of times"
--Jeanette Winter"Parade magazine" (05/01/2005)
"timely and moving"
--Better Homes and Gardens (09/01/2005)
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Children books that tell true storis like this one will help build a culture of true peace and help respect and preserve the dignity and humanity of people with different backgrounds and traditions whom, unfortunately, are being portraited by some media outlets as "savages" and "inhuman".
In my opinion, this is the type of books that I would like for the friends and classmates of my children to read. I am saying this as an Iraqi refugee and permanent resident in the United States who lived through the horors of war in Iraq witnessing stories of resilience like this one and then came to the US hoping to build a future for my family, become a proud American citizen and become a good member of this respectful society that values facts, knowledge, perseverance and helping others.
The next generation needs to know the crucial importance of peace and needs to learn how devastating war can be, without being traumatized or terrified by the stories of these wars. And I think, that for the children of the world's most powerful nation, as well as other children, this book is the right first step.