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The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss

The Butter Battle Book (1984)

by Dr. Seuss

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In this modern fantasy, we see why there is a battle between the two sides of the wall (one side butters their bread on the top, the other on the bottom). They tried many ways to win the war, but nothing was working. So eventually, the butter up side invented something that would end all the war! All they had to do was drop it on the other side of the way. However, the butter down side got the same idea, and the book ends in a cliff hanger of who will drop it first. ( )
  BethWal94 | Nov 25, 2015 |
This is a classic Dr. Seuss book that focuses on the idea of war. It is written in his typical rhyming poetry and features the whimsical illustrations that are seen in his other books. This is the story of two lands: The Yooks who eat their bread butter-side up and the Zooks who eat their bread butter-side down. It is told from the perspective of a Yook as he is telling his grandson about his life and his job as a wall watchman. He tells the story of how every time he would return to the wall with something to destroy the Zooks with, (because they are terrible people for eating butter-side down and starting the fighting) they come to the wall with equal or greater firepower. It escalates until both sides threatening to drop a bomb that will destroy everything but the story ends and the reader doesn’t know who drops the bomb first. It is clear that this book is the depiction of the arms race and cold war in America during the 1950’s. It simplifies the conflict and depicts it as two sides with opposite views just trying to destroy each other. I wouldn’t recommend this book for young readers but for maybe middle school if a history teacher were trying to convey the ideas of what the Cold War and arms race was about and even the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction (which is where the book ends). A teacher could have their students write a journal about the simplified ideas Seuss presents in his book about war. ( )
  cpaavola | Nov 1, 2015 |
44 months - two reads was all this one got. The look on O's face said it all. She could not comprehend the reason for the fighting or need for bigger weapons over toast eaten butter side up or down. Pretty silly an horrifying but then isn't the human race pretty silly and horrifying at the same time? I can't understand the need for bigger more powerful guns in the hands of civilians today either. A extremely well written book which ends in a Cold War. A Dr Seuss but I'd recommend it for an older audience. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
This book was a New York Times bestseller in 1984 and on the New York Times Notable Book of the Year and PEN Center USA Literature Award for Children's Literature in 1985. Dr. Seuss tells a rhyming story about the competition between the Yooks and the Zooks to create the most powerful weapon all because they disagree on how to butter bread. This is a cleaver allegory for the Cold War era and the tension and arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union.
  PikeH | Jul 31, 2015 |
Cold War
  Jquimbey | Jul 10, 2015 |
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A cautionary Cold War tale (first told by Dr. Seuss back in 1984), The Butter Battle Book still has a lot to teach about intolerance and how tit-for-tat violence can quickly get out of hand. Explaining the very serious differences between the Zooks and the Yooks, a Zook grandpa tells his grandchild the unspeakable truth: "It's high time that you knew of the terribly horrible thing that Zooks do. In every Zook house and every Zook town every Zook eats his bread with the butter side down!" He then recalls his days with the Zook-Watching Border Patrol, as he gave any Zook who dared come close "a twitch with my tough-tufted prickley Snick-Berry Switch." But when the Zooks fought back, the switches gave way to Triple-Sling Jiggers, then Jigger-Rock Snatchems--even a Kick-a-Poo Kid that was "loaded with powerful Poo-a-Doo Powder and ants' eggs and bees' legs and dried-fried clam chowder."

With lots of fun and more-than-fair digs at the runaway spending and one-upmanship of U.S.-Soviet days, The Butter Battle Book makes a chuckle-filled read whether you're old enough to get the historical references or not. (And with all the Bitsy Big-Boy Boomeroos still in service, this book's message is far from obsolete.) (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

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Engaged in a long-running battle, the Yooks and the Zooks develop more and more sophisticated weaponry as they attempt to outdo each other.

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