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How the Children Stopped the Wars

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  14 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
This is the inspirational tale of Uillame, a young shepherd, who sets off to end a war. Beautifully written in a timeless voice, How the Children Stopped the Wars will provoke questions about violence and provide a powerful message of peace in today's volatile world.


A young boy sets out to stop the wars that have devastated his homeland and separated families for generati
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Paperback, 104 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Tricycle Press (first published 1969)
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Tanja
Apr 02, 2016 Tanja rated it liked it
Powerful and thought-provoking anti-war story, which actually reads and feels like a fairytale/ folktale. I can imagine this to be a great read-aloud accompanying units on conflict resolution, wars, history in general. This would definitely spark lots of pondering and conversations, while allowing the reader to enjoy beautiful rich language. (Not sure though how students would find the book for independent reading.)
My favorite quote comes from the author's afterword:
"If you learn to read, you ma
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Krista
Jan 30, 2010 Krista rated it it was ok
Eh. Quick read (couple of hours). A overly precious fairy tale about the futility of war. Written in the Vietnam era, reprinted for the War on Terror era. The kids march to the battlefield to stop the wars. The men stop fighting because they can't remember what they were fighting for and, when confronted with the faces of their children, they realize their folly.

I'm sure there is much symbolism for dissecting; a stranger who tells the hero about the wars, shrinks, then disappears. Two red stars
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Sally
Jul 31, 2010 Sally rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens, din
Din:
"Above them .... Skyrockets appeared, bursting through the space...."Why don't you?" screamed the stranger in the tiniest, squeakiest voice...so that Uillame was scarcely able to hear it above the din." (page 14-15)
Jim
Mar 25, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it
Shelves: war
for me now, as a fifty year old, three stars but if i were twelve or even in college a four star book. i used to believe that such things could make a difference.
read it to a class along side Clavell's A Children's Story
Sga
Jul 19, 2010 Sga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 1960s were so great.
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