Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books (Hardcover)

Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books

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

Dial Books, 9780803737471, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 30, 2012



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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