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The Conquerors

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Book by McKee, David
Hardcover, 25 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Hand Print (first published February 25th 2004)
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Kate Donaldson
May 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
Falls short of its "anti-war" message; mostly because in the end, the general and his country still believe they've conquered the tiny country. At the end, the tiny country is, essentially, an autonomous region (see Chinese policies on minority regions and countries, e.g. Tibet and Urumqi). Not entirely sure what the moral of this story is - just because the tiny country didn't fight back doesn't mean they "won" - the big country's soldiers got assimilated into the local population (which is wha ...more
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Jonathan Roberts
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Conquerors
By David McKee
This is a wonderful parable that tells of a mighty country that believed their way of life was the best. They set about conquering all the other countries until there was just one small country left. The small country offered no resistance to their attack and welcomed them into their homes. Bit by bit the small country’s culture and customs are adopted by their invaders.
This is a book that would be best read aloud to a class and would make a brilliant stimulus for a p
May 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm not sure what I expected from this book -- humor, maybe, judging by the cover -- but this book doesn't deliver anything.

I guess it is supposed to be an anti-war message, but it's not even that. Just because a small country doesn't fight a larger country back doesn't mean that the smaller county has won -- usually it just means that country has been subsumed.
Sep 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: infanzia
La guerra è bella solo quando non la si fa. Anzi, nemmeno in quel caso.
Ümit Mutlu
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: folk-tales
Excellent folk tale!
A children's picture book to challenge your thinking. The soldiers think they were conquering a new country, but in reality, they were being assimilated into the culture and daily life.
Scott Houston
This semester I was very surprised to see how competitive my first and third graders were, and how often they would say they were not friends with one another. This is a fun book I would like to read with students, because the characters use kindness to defeat an army that has conquered the entire world. A general and his army have conquered the entire map except for The small country too tiny to have its own army. The new country welcomes them into their homes, and bit by bit the small country’ ...more
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love the message in this book, about personal boundaries and how power struggles are not an effective way to maintain your own personal power. That fighting back is likely a losing battle. There are some really good bullying messages here.

I love how the little country greets the intruder with love and acceptance, and doesn't change their way of doing things. They stand by what they know to be true and good, and instead assume that the conquerors are here to learn more about how they do things.
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Another great story about the futility of war. The army of a rich country invades its neighbors one by one - except for one country, that is so small that the general can't be bothered with it. Eventually they have conquered the entire world and made everyone just like them - except for this one tiny country. After some time passes, the army becomes bored and the general decides to finally conquer this one last country. The result would seem inevitable, but the tables get turned as a unified, ha ...more
Kelli Ryne
Jun 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
The title is pretty self-explanatory. When students discuss empires, I would use this book to discuss various ways of "conquering" land and what is the most effective. They could use this to compare some of Alexander the Great's methods of inter-marriage in order to assimilate people into the empire as opposed to the Chinese method of conquering and keeping the people separate.
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great little picture book that provokes much thought.... why do nations go to war? what do they gain? how do cultures merge? Also recalls this verse by Edwin Markham: “He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic , rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him In !
Carrie Gelson
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be wonderfully brilliant. Raises great questions. Conquering for what purpose? The point of war is . . . ? What if there is no resistance? Where does the passion to rule come from?
Kyle Baldwin
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: friendship
This brilliantly told story shows how an army is treated so kindly by the people of the land they invade, that they forget about conquering the land. A story of love, peace, and friendship. Good for a sense of community in the classroom.
Good Gu
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The little country conquered the big country with peace.
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Pretty clever anti-war message.
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David McKee (born 2 January 1935) is a British writer and illustrator, chiefly of children's books and animations. He has used the pseudonym Violet Easton. He is frequently referenced as David (John) McKee.

For his contribution as a children's illustrator he was UK nominee for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2006.

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