The Day of the Pelican

Book review by Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Harrowing fictionalization of the war in Kosovo.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 2 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 11+
This is an excellent read-aloud book for teachers or parents to share with 5th graders. It provides a springboard for discussing real-world conflicts and recent history. When reading it aloud to students, the reader can edit on the fly, omitting any language that is objectionable, without sacrificing content. 5th graders find Meli a sympathetic character, and are rightfully outraged by the atrocities visited upon the Lleshi's and other Kosovar Albanians by the Serbs. They independently connected this ethnic violence to what they had learned as 4th graders about the Holocaust.
age 12+

Books makes little know "war" personal

I've always heard of Serbs and Albanians not getting along but in this short story we learn of the hate they each had and reasons for it. The Serbs did terrible things in this book. Also a look at how American intervention was received.

This title has:

Too much violence
Educational value

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For kids who love historical and family fiction

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