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The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss

The Butter Battle Book (1984)

by Dr. Seuss

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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 |
The Butter Battle Book is one of many well known children's books by Dr. Seuss. It is a great way to teach children about war and to gain knowledge about the different types of battles. Since the book is talking about war I would recommend reading it over the age of 12. It book gives you the idea that we are all different and come from a different back ground. The way the book ends will be a surprise because of it being in definite. In that case you can have students predict what happens next for a assignment and to get there brains thinking. Over all I believe Dr. Seuss writes books for a purpose and the purpose is to help children of all ages to have a better understanding about life in a cartoon fun way of learning. ( )
  bl200329 | Feb 1, 2015 |
I loved this book as a kid. ( )
  lavaturtle | Dec 31, 2014 |
This book is a good book to talk to students about war and different types of battles. The ending is a bit of a hanger and I wasn't expecting it to end in such a way. Over all a good read. ( )
  Kayla_d92 | Sep 27, 2014 |
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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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