Hands Around the Library

Hands Around the Library

Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012.
ISBN: 9780803737471
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Abouraya, Karen Leggett


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forbesrachel Mar 07, 2015

On the ashes of the Great Library of Alexandria stands its descendent, the Bibliotheca Alexandria, which remains unharmed thanks to Egypt's people. In 2011, protesters took to the streets to fight for their rights, but as it is with most demonstrations, miscreants sought trouble. Wanting to protect a place of freedom, and cultural pride, many people rallied around the library. This encouraging tale makes one's heart swell with pride. The socio-economic, and political elements of the revolution are kept to a minimum, this means that the book is idealistic when compared to the actual situation, but as this is a book for young children with a focus on a laudable action, it is understandable that the author wished to avoid delving too deeply into this. While the exact nature of the protests is not included within the main body of the text, some information is provided in the back, along with more details and resources on the two libraries. A wide assortment of patterned cut and pasted paper and fabrics, always keeps the idea of "books" in the back of our minds. Books, and the knowledge they contain, are for the people, and the library, which is a symbol and bastion for the people's rights, is worth defending.

The young people of Egypt wanted a peaceful protest. When it turned violent, and the Library of Alexandria was threatened, protestors joined hands around it to protect it. Picture-book format, with colorful pictures.


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