Hands Around the Library (Hardcover)

Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books

By Karen Leggett Abouraya, Susan L. Roth (Illustrator)

Dial Books, 9780803737471, 40pp.

Publication Date: August 30, 2012

List Price: 17.99*
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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.

About the Author

Susan L. Roth is the author and/or illustrator of more than forty books for children, including the New York Times bestseller Listen to the Wind. She lives in Queens, New York.

Karen Leggett Abouraya is a radio and print journalist, specializing in children's literature. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Praise For Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books

"Roth's exuberant collages capture these heady moments, blending photos, papers and fabrics to bring the people's positive actions and the building's intriguing facade together in a celebration of patriotism and libraries. A stunning visual recreation of a recent historical event." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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