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Hands Around the Library

Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books

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The inspiring true story of demonstrators standing up for the love of a library, from a New York Times bestselling illustrator

In January 2011, in a moment that captured the hearts of people all over the world, thousands of Egypt's students, library workers, and demonstrators surrounded the great Library of Alexandria and joined hands, forming a human chain to protect the building. They chanted "We love you, Egypt!" as they stood together for the freedom the library represented.

Illustrated with Susan L. Roth's stunning collages, this amazing true story demonstrates how the love of books and libraries can unite a country, even in the midst of turmoil.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 02, 2012 – As she did in Listen to the Wind, the picture-book adaptation of Greg Mortensen s Three Cups of Tea, Roth brings to the fore a hopeful story from a politically charged country. Roth and journalist Abouraya, in her first children s book, transport readers to Egypt in January 2011 where, after years of living under an oppressive government, Egypt s young people decided/ it was finally time/ to let their voices be heard,/ and so they began to march in the streets. The narrator, a participant in the protests, describes how young people joined the library director to form a human chain around the Bibliotheca Alexandrina to protect the library s treasures and its integrity as a lasting symbol of freedom. Readers will find much to celebrate in this heartening story. In her signature collages, which feature bold colors and an array of textures, Roth incorporates materials and motifs that have particular significance to her setting and subject matter. Information on the artwork, the history of the library, and the events in Egypt is included in several pages of author and resource notes. Ages 3 5.


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Customer Reviews

Wonderful images and a terrific story!

This book has incredible images, especially great on a Retina iPad! The story is perfectly written for kids and students to enjoy a great story from the Egyptian Revolution.

Hands Around the Library
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Social Studies
  • Published: Aug 30, 2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Print Length: 40 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.2 or later and iOS 4.2 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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