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The Butter Battle Book

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  8,490 ratings  ·  360 reviews
The Butter Battle Book, Dr. Seuss's classic cautionary tale, introduces readers to the important lesson of respecting differences. The Yooks and Zooks share a love of buttered bread, but animosity brews between the two groups because they prefer to enjoy the tasty treat differently. The timeless and topical rhyming text is an ideal way to teach young children about the iss ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, First Printing, 42 pages
Published January 12th 1984 by New York: Random House
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Ronyell
Butter Battle Book

6 stars!!!

Being a huge fan of Dr. Seuss’ works over the years, I was in that mode where I wanted to read everything that was written by him and I remembered reading “The Butter Battle Book” many years ago when I was little. Well, I stumbled upon “The Butter Battle Book” again when I got older and at first, I was a little hesitant about reading this book again because of its war themes and I usually do not like reading books about wars, but after reading this classic book by Dr. Seuss, I actual
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Julianna
Dec 14, 2012 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Children's Books w/a Message, Fables, Satirical Humor
Recommended to Julianna by: Readers Against Prejudice & Racism
Reviewed for THC Reviews
The Butter Battle Book is another of Dr. Seuss's titles which reflect his activist side. Through satirical humor, he explores the ridiculousness and futility of war. The Yooks and the Zooks have an age-old disagreement over which way to eat their bread, butter side up or down, and as a result, they eventually start a war over it. They begin with sentries guarding the wall separating their borders which of course, could be taken as a metaphor for anything that separates us
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Lee Thompson
Me and Rae loved this story. When we hit the end, she wanted to know "What happens?" and it was fun to tell her that it was up to the reader to determine what will happen. Does the Yook drop his bomb and kill himself and the Zook? Or what if the Zook drops his bomb first? Is the first one to drop his bomb surprised to find it is a dud? Will the Zook win, as he has every time before, and history prove that it is always repeating itself? Which way is the right way to butter your bread?
Skylar Burris
This is clearly a parable for nuclear proliferation, and no doubt Suess condemns it. However, there is no clear moral drawn in this story, and the events are left unresolved. What will happen? "We will see..." Therefore, the reader is left to draw his own conclusions. As a parent, you can "read" this any way you like with your child: the liberal can focus on the frivolity of war and the dangers of mutually assured destruction; the conservative can, in contrast, argue that peace will ensue betwee ...more
Sandra Stiles
Okay you are probably wondering why I am talking about this book. In my Language Arts class my students had to read "The Sneetches" by Dr. Seuss. Today I read "The Butter Battle Book" also by Dr. Seuss. The idea is they are to compare and contrast the two books. Needless to say my very knowledgeable sixth graders proceeded to tell me how the Butter Battle Book is actually a political story about the Cold War. I almost dropped my teeth. Why? A few years ago when I did a lesson on the Berlin Wall ...more
sarafem
Another Seuss work with a social undertone, this one is about prejudice and war. Two groups hate each other for what amounts to a completely ridiculous reason, and each thinks they are better than the other. Through classic indoctrination, their governments feed citizens the ideas that they are different and must hate one another.

A random and rather juvenile act of violence instigates a full-assault war, and it is interesting to watch as the two sides compete to see who can build a better, more
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Lily
I love activist Seuss books. This book is good, but makes me a little perturbed. I want to laugh at the stupidity of it all, but it's not funny. In other Seuss books, like the Lorax, there's more of a child-like tone to the story. My kids felt the tension in this book and the oldest one even shouted, "Can they stop being weird and just hug. They need to stop fighting and get along." There you have it. Like many world problems, there is no resolve in this story. It left my kids a little irritated ...more
Davelowusa
A response to Cold War nuclear proliferation and mutually assured destruction as told through buttered toast.
Kat
Basic plot: The Yooks and Zooks escalate their battle over the all important question of which side of the bread should be buttered.

In Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, Lilliput wars with Blefuscu over whether an egg should be cracked at the little end or big end (I tend to crack them in the middle, suppose that makes me a complete heretic), but the symbolism implied that Swift was making fun of the fight over Catholicism vs. Protestantism between England and France. People are fighting abou
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Dan Wilson
I am a Dr. Seuss fan, and my 5 year-old is, too. No exception here for either of us, though I (and my son, I think) don't think this is his best work. I remember being old enough when this book came out in 1984 to know that it was controversial, in part because it is a book for children that takes on the arms race (in the period when there was a Soviet Union, the made-for-TV movie The Day After, and Reagan "jokingly" announcing "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed ...more
Samantha
One of the most profound and powerful of Dr. Seuss's books. I would recommend it to politicians and men and women of the armed forces everywhere. Or even just those who like to quarrel and tend to let things get out of hand over heated emotion. *Sigh* I know war and fighting and a system of defense is important towards a countries "safety" and preservation or what not but by now after paying attention to history and war and all the blood that has been shed can we find a better way to solve our p ...more
Ghada
حرب الزبده النوويه...معقول في قصة أطفال كده؟!؟!؟

شعبين بنوا بينهم سور...اختلفوا مع بعض علشان واحد بيحط الزبده على التوست من فوق و التاني بيحط الزبده من تحت :D

ذكية و ممتعه جداً...زي كل قصص د/سوس :D

It's high time that you knew, of the terribly horrible thing that Zooks do.
In every Zook house and in every Zook town every Zook eats his bread, with the butter side down!

In those day, of course, the Wall wasn’t so high and I could look any Zook square in the eye.

For a while that worked fine. All the Zo
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Jeff Sehorn
I am currently discussing the allegory with my students. We are reading Animal Farm, as is the standard allegory fare. I thought I would mix it up a bit and throw them something they weren't expecting, so I chose The Butter Battle Book. As a small child, this wasn't one of my absolute favorite of Seuss's stories, but I still liked it. As an adult, I truly love and appreciate it. True, it does present a very simplistic view of a very complex problem, but it's a children's book. That's how they do ...more
Danielle Katz
This is classic Dr. Seuss, but don't be fooled by this silly story....its really about the Cold War.
Stefan Bocock
Personally I loved "The Butter Battle Book" and this paragraph shows why. It is about 2 groups of creatures one group likes there bread with the butter spread under it and the other group likes there bread with there butter spread over it and because of there differences they go to war. But the part I liked was the contraptions they made they were so big and so crazy looking and every time they lost they would upgrade the contraptions and the words in the book even rhymed through out the whole s ...more
Austin Wright
BRING BACK THE COLD WAR!!!!! 5-STARS!!!!!!
Alesha Palmer
The tittle itself at first does not tell much of what the book will be about. It starts will a boy and the boys grandfather walking to a wall discussing the differences of themselves, yooks, to the people behind the wall, zooks. The grandfather begins to describe the differences of each style of living. Yooks eat the butter side up while zooks ate it down. These differences made his father want to patrol the wall. While patrolling the wall a zook declare war by using a sling shot. The grandfathe ...more
Marlee Mattson
"The Butter Battle Book" was a really great book by Dr. Seuss. I have always loved Dr. Seuss books and this is one that I have never actually heard of and was so glad I found! This book was all about the land of the Zooks and the Yooks. The problem between these two types of creatures was that the Zooks liked to eat their bread with the butter side up. However, the Yooks just couldn't believe this because they ate their bread with the butter side up. This really ended up leading to a pretty seri ...more
Jack Beard
The story is about a yook and his grandpa's tale about he versus the zooks. They are having this rivalry about what side of the butter should be up. They have fought many times but who will win? I liked the book but I think it is just a little to boring for me. This book has no books in it's series. I rated this book a 4 out of 5. I really would say this is a okay book and it's a good one to start with.
Oliver
Although not nearly as popular as The Cat in the Hat or How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Butter Battle Book is easily one of Dr. Seuss' most brilliant and deserving works. Written in the Cold War era, Dr. Seuss uses the tale of two neighboring societies that have become alien and hostile towards one another due to the buttering of opposite sides of bread to satirize the United States-Soviet Union nuclear arms race and the frivolity of differences between cultures used as a basis for such con ...more
Snorkle
I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. The ending really threw me for a loop, I turned the page and there was nothing more. I thought that maybe my book had had a page torn out or something, I just thought it was a little abrupt. I don't think that I would recommend this book, it wasn't nearly as cheery as most of Dr. Seuss' other books.

*Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2009...
Mandy
This children's book contains an amazingly powerful message...it identifies a social flaw the way we often judge/look down on others(for ridiculousdifferences) and a wedge forms...grows and before you know it we have nuclear proliferation- Dr Suess style...yet there are no winners when it comes to war...it is very profound way to examine our world and our world's history...a lesson never too early to learn- did I mention I liked this book?
Peter Besbeas
The Butter Battle Book is a story about two groups called the Yooks (blue) and the Zooks (orange) that are divided by a wall. The two groups are fighting over the way bread and butter is eaten, the Yooks eat their bread butter side up and Zooks eat their bread butter side down. The entire book consists of the two groups creating more powerful weapons than the other group (they keep making more and more dangerous weapons). At the end of the book the conflict between the two groups remains unresol ...more
Tiara
Just read this to my kiddos. Son said he didn't like the ending. He asked, "Did someone rip a page out?" No, you've just entered a sometimes painful land known as Cliffhanger. LOL. But they both enjoyed it up to that point, discussing and dissecting the story as only children know how. I think, once he reads it again and thinks on it more, the ending won't bother him as much.
Ali
This is one of Dr. Seuss awesome books. This one promotes that we're all the same, we're not different we're all humans. No matter how nationalities and counties make us look different, we're not. The implementation where Dr. Seuss showed that no matter what you do the other will do the same was as I think intended to make it look like we're equal.
Jaime
I know this book looks odd on my list, but its a great social commentary on the arms race. Leave it to the history major to make something out of a Dr. Seuss book... but let me tell you, The Butter Battle Book isn't the only social commentary disguised as a children's book that Seuss wrote!
Albert
I think this book shaped my opinion of war and competition long before I ever realized it, which is a testament to Dr. Seuss's genius. Like most of his other books, I re-read it as an adult and liked it even more.
sMarty
May 06, 2008 sMarty rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who can survive a cliff hanger
Recommended to sMarty by: A 3rd grade teacher
This is my favorite of the Dr. Seuss books I think it is so fun to see all the imaginative ideas in this book that he comes up with. It also has a great cliff hanger and teaches a lesson.
Travis
A political satire with an anti-war message done as a children's book.
Very surreal book, that I thought was amusing, but my kids were never as excited about it as other Suess books.
Bruce
Though Dr. Seuss is noted for childrens' books, he was also lived through WW II and its aftermath. While some describe this book as a cautionary tale I would say it is a metaphor for an arms race of any sort. Kids will enjoy the rhyming and naming, perhaps they will also understand others have a "Big Boy Boomeroo". Kids might also realize that a lot of differences are meaningless. Perhaps the biggest difference of which side you bread is buttered on is whether you get butter in your mustache or ...more
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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both carto ...more
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