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The Enemy : A Book About Peace by Davide…

The Enemy : A Book About Peace (2007)

by Davide Calì, Serge Bloch (Illustrator)

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    The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss (lquilter)
    lquilter: Both books show the pointlessness and horror of war, and have open-ended endings, leaving plenty of room for discussion about potential and possibility.

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A nice introduction to the idea of propaganda. ( )
  Zabeth | Dec 9, 2013 |
This picture book has very simple pictures, which convey the message the author is trying to send. I really liked the images, although they were minimal and only 2 or 3 colors, they were powerful. The book makes a strong political statement of anti-war and coming to peace with our enemies. A young reader may understand the concept of fighting is bad, and could see how it is applicable to their own life- do not fight with people who you do not like. This book tries to convey the idea that the enemy is also a person, just like the noble soldier who was taught that the enemy was a monster.

The story is told from one soldier's point of view and the hardships he faces physically and mentally. In attempt to end the war, the soldier sneaks up to the other soldier's hole, only to realize that the other soldier did the same to him. Now the soldiers have switched holes, and in the enemies hole the soldier sees pictures and realizes the enemy is a person just like him. The book has an open ending, where both soldiers have tossed messages in bottles to the other, but we do not know if they receive each other's message and if the war ends. The book suggests a peaceful ending to the war.

This is powerful, moving book that could be used to lead a discussion in a young classroom about the physical and emotional destruction that a war causes. ( )
  claireforhan | Jan 28, 2013 |
This book is awesome! Two soldiers sit in their separate holes for what seems like forever. Every day they shoot at each other and convince themselves that the other is no man, but a monster with no family and no life, besides the hole. One soldier finally decides he will sneak into the other’s hole to kill him so this war can be over once and for all. When he reaches the hole, he finds that the soldier is not there and realizes that he must now be in his hole. As one soldier looks through the other’s belongings he realizes that he too is a man, with a family, and a life out side of the hole. After this discovery the book ends with the soldiers seeking peace with one another. The book does not give the reader the ending but it is suggested that this war between soldiers ends peacefully. I love everything about this story. Today, children see war through video games and think that it is so “cool.” Children need to see that in actuality it is miserable for soldiers to be away from their homes for so long and that fighting to death really does not solve a problem. This book does this in a perfectly light hearted way. I would maybe read this book on 9/11 or during another history lesson about war. ( )
  amoore1 | Nov 11, 2012 |
Two enemy soldiers wait in their foxholes, worry about being killed, and ponder the reasons for war.

Cali's text talks frankly about the mentality of enemies in a way that most children would find scary and disturbing, including mentions of starving, poisoning, and killing. The text is preachy, and there is too much of it on the page.

Simple pen drawings colored in army green with strategic use of red to represent blood. Occasionally, photographs are used to enhance the illustrations. The stark, arty illustration style will be appreciated by parents, but will go over the head of most children, who are likely to desire more color and details.

This book is far too direct and disturbing for young children-- parents looking to read a book with an anti-war message should turn to Dr. Seuss's The Butter Battle Book. Not recommended. ( )
  ejmeloche | Oct 12, 2012 |
Summary: This is the story of two soldiers who are each fighting from their foxholes. It presents the needs of war to dehumanize the enemy and how that effects a soldier. In the end, the two soldiers learn that they are more similar than different.
Genre: Picture Book
Personal Reflection: I really enjoyed the old style of illustration and the message is very impactful yet sweet and endearing.
Concept: This book could be used to talk about the war in Iraq on a personal level and have kids imagine what Iraw kids are going through. ( )
  ekstewar | Jun 10, 2012 |
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'The Enemy' is a profound, moving and poignant fable for our time about two lonely soldiers facing each other across a barren desert battlefield. Are they the only soldiers left? How can they end the war? Just who is the enemy? Created by Davide Cali and Serge Bloch, the award-winning team behind 'I Can't Wait' (winner of France's prestigious Baobab Award, and Honour Book in the American Library Association's Batchelder Award) and 'I Love Kissing You'. For readers aged from 7 to 77.

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After watching an enemy for a very long time during an endless war, a soldier finally creeps out into the night to the other man's hole and is surprised by what he finds there.

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