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Nour's Secret Library (edition 2022)

by Wafa' Tarnowska (Author), Vali Mintzi (Illustrator)

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Forced to take shelter when their Syrian city is plagued with bombings, young Nour and her cousin begin to bravely build a secret underground library. Based on the author's own life experience and inspired by a true story, Nour's Secret Library is about the power of books to heal, transport and create safe spaces during difficult times. Illustrations by Romanian artist Vali Mintzi superimpose the colorful world the children construct over black-and-white charcoal depictions of the battered city.… (more)
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Title:Nour's Secret Library
Authors:Wafa' Tarnowska (Author)
Other authors:Vali Mintzi (Illustrator)
Info:Barefoot Books (2022), 32 pages
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Wonderful story of perservering and preserving books in a war zone. Backmatter includes About Syria, Glossary, 8 Famous Libraries of the Middle East, The Real Secret Library, Culture and War, Author's Note, and Illustrator's Note. ( )
  bookwren | May 16, 2022 |
It is amazing how children adapt to their surroundings. Nour and her friends were living a normal life climbing trees, playing hide-and-seek, and jumping over puddles. But all that changes when war comes to Damascus. This is a look at the life of children who are surrounded by war.

Nour and her friends bravely roam their neighborhood looking for abandoned books. The secret library they create provides a haven where people can escape into a world without wars, a world of beauty, all through the books in Nour’s secret library. A beacon of light, a glimmer of hope.

The illustrations are softly muted while the scenes of destruction are in grey tones.

At the end of the book is information on Syria and most libraries in the Middle East. Throughout history, the people of the Middle East have had a love of books. I loved this quote from the book: “Every book was like a person wanting to be loved, with a unique personality and soul.”

This book may not be appropriate for all children. There are mentions of bombings and war. ( )
  BettyTaylor56 | Mar 29, 2022 |
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Forced to take shelter when their Syrian city is plagued with bombings, young Nour and her cousin begin to bravely build a secret underground library. Based on the author's own life experience and inspired by a true story, Nour's Secret Library is about the power of books to heal, transport and create safe spaces during difficult times. Illustrations by Romanian artist Vali Mintzi superimpose the colorful world the children construct over black-and-white charcoal depictions of the battered city.

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