Egyptian Revolution through American Eyes for Children

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Egyptian Revolution through American Eyes for Children
By Ezaat Ibrahim

Two American authors have written a story for children – Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books – with brightly colored pictures and simple words expressing the story of people protecting Alexandria’s Library from the danger of destruction during the eighteen day revolution against the regime.

The book was written by Susan L. Roth and Karen Leggett Abouraya. Roth is an artist who was on the New York Times Best Seller list for another book, Listen to the Wind, in addition to 40 other books; Leggett Abouraya is the mother of two Egyptian children and a journalist for whom this is the first children’s book.

The book, with its story of Egyptians from all sectors gathering during the revolution, presents the bearded next to the Coptic girl and youth holding hands with seniors, girls with hijab shoulder to shoulder with simple farmers. All answered the call from the library administration to protect the library which had no fence or barriers. They protected the beautiful glass building which is on the Mediterranean sore due to their feeling that Egypt’s treasured books and history faced extreme danger after the failure of security throughout the nation.

The words of Roth and Leggett Abouraya outlined the story with photographs which presented rare pictures of the library by the author’s children. The best of these photos is the great flag on the steps of the library – the flag carried by Egyptians from all groups so that the library wouldn’t fall into the hands of vandals. The two authors also presented the words made popular during the revolution – freedom, people, revolution, democracy, one hand. The book records the revolution and uprising and the moment of empowerment when human beings, no matter their group or party, gathered to protect one of the most beautiful libraries on the face of the earth from hard. Even more beautiful: it is a true story from the new Egyptian history. The Kirkus review said the book presents “a stunning visual recreation of a recent historical event.”

Original article was published in Arabic in Alaram Newspaper -