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The Enemy: A Book About Peace

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Simple lesson about war and enemies; not for little kids.

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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Great book.

This is great for discussion. My son who is 5 read it with me. He could sense right away the soldiers pain, fear, frustration. He had lots of questions. It was educational, inspiring, and the soldiers were good role models you will see why. The open ending had my child wondering and hoping...

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For a child who is concerned about war and aware of its guns and weapons, this book with a powerful message could open up an important discussion. Discussions with children about war seem necessary in this day and age, but they are always difficult. We want to save their innocence, keep them unafraid, but yet teach them to live peaceful, productive lives. When should we talk about the actual violence of war in addition to teaching lessons about respecting one another, using words to solve problems, and so on? That is the trickier question.

It does not attempt to address the abstract complexities of war. Instead, its message is simple and unsentimental: all humans, even your enemies, share similar hopes, fears, and feelings. More than likely, they would like the war to end just as much as you would, and for the same reasons. That point is made loud and clear in understated text that expresses the inner thoughts and discoveries of the lone soldier. His sparse words, coupled with James Thurber-like cartoons that are similarly simple, effectively deliver the message that peace is the better option.

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