Do you get books from a public library in your town or even in your school library? In many remote areas of the world, there are no library buildings. In many countries, books are delivered in unusual way: by bus, boat, elephant, donkey, train, even by wheelbarrow. Why would librarians go to the trouble of packing books on the backs of elephants or driving miles to deliver books by bus? Because, as one librarian in Azerbaijan says, "Books are as important to us as air or water!" This is the intriguing photo essay, a celebration of books, readers, and libraries.
About the Author
Margriet Ruurs loves to visit her local library. She writes children's books and educational materials and conducts author visits in schools across the United States and Canada. She lives in Shedd, Oregon.
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My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This is a great book and not just because it's about libraries. It shows how creative people are in getting books to remote parts of the world. It also brings the concept of librarianship down to its roots - connecting people with information.
This is the story of how books are delivered to remote villages around the world. The problem with the book lies in the audience for the book. Many of the vocabulary words in the text are too advanced for younger readers, and the text is too academic to interest most younger readers. The book is illustrated by photographs. I would have liked to have seen a book aimed at younger readers that relied on an illustrator and vocabulary terms that are at their level. Middle schoolers would probably be put off by the size and format of the book which looks like a children's picture book, but they are probably the ones who would have to be the audience as the book was written.