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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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I loved this book because it shows how pointless war is. In this story there are two men in two different holes they are fighting because they were told to. They were given a gun and a manual saying there enemy was a monster. But what they realize is that they were lied to. These both men have families and are not monsters. They were both given manuals saying they were enemy's when they were just normal people with kids and wife's. In the end they realize what is right and they both think it's time for this war to end and they do the right thing. This book gives you a lot to think about and I really liked it. ( )
  lruano | Oct 4, 2014 |
Lovely. Though the boy did say that it didn't go far enough in terms of war being evil. ( )
  beckydj | Jul 23, 2014 |
This is one of my favorite children's books ever! In The Enemy, two soldiers in opposite foxholes have both been led to believe that the other one, their “enemy” is “not a human” and wants nothing more than to kill innocent people. Both men sneak out to the others foxhole’s to kill the other one, but when they get there, all they find are pictures of loved ones and lies their enemies’ bosses have told them. The two soldiers decide they are not actually enemies, and make peace. This book examines propaganda and the culture of blind patriotism and misinformation in a subtle way that appeals to children. ( )
  alarso2 | May 18, 2014 |
A nice introduction to the idea of propaganda. ( )
  KingdomOfOdd | 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 |
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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.

Australian edition: http://www.wilkinsfarago.com.au
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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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