Duck Duck Book

13 – librarian of basra
02.17.2005, 12:04 am
Filed under: comix, generalities

The librarian of Basra : a true story from Iraq / written & illustrated by Jeanette Winter.
Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, Inc., c2005.
[MCL call number: j020.92 B167w 2005; 18 copies, no holds]

The Librarian of Basra is a beautifully illustrated children’s picture book, which tells the story of a very brave librarian. The book explains that although the people of Basra used to come to the library to read and discuss writing, science, the arts, and many other subjects; lately they have begun to talk only of war. Everyone is very worried, and they feel that war is inevitable. Alia Muhammad Baker, the librarian, is worried too; but she is worried about the books in the library. She does not want them to be destroyed in the fighting that everyone thinks will come. Alia takes matters into her own hands when the municipal authorities will not help her, and with the help of her friends and neighbors she saves 30,000 books from being bombed, burned, or looted. A true story.

Another children’s book tells the story of Alia Muhmmad Baker and the Basra library, but with more detail, for slightly older children, and in graphic novel (comics) format:

Alia’s mission : saving the books of Iraq : inspired by a true story [comic book] / Mark Alan Stamaty.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, distributed by Random House, 2004.
[MCL call number: j020.92 B167s 2004; 20 copies, no holds]


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