When Spring Comes to the DMZ
This unique picture book invites young readers into the natural beauty of the DMZ, where salmon, spotted seals, and mountain goats freely follow the seasons and raise their families in this 2.5-mile-wide, 150-mile-long corridor where no human ...more
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We loosely follow the narrator's grandfather as he makes a pilgrimage to the South Korean fence each season to look longingly to the North through binoculars.
Although the fences are not so great for people, the plants ...more
I highly recommended everyone of all age to pick this book up :)
This is a lovely way to educate children (and adults) on peace and acceptance.
This beautiful picture book takes a look at the wonderful things that can be found in the portion of land held between the fenced in borders of North and South Korea. This area is know as the DMZ (demilitarized zone) and no humans are allowed to set foot on it.
As a result all kinds of plants and animals you may not find anywhere else in Korea flourish and live in h ...more
In When Spring Comes to the DMZ, a boy and his grandfather ...more
Thanks to Netgalley and the author for this beautiful book.
This beautifully illustrated and extremely touching picture book tells the story of an area I didn't even know existed. The DMZ, or the demilitarized zone, is the 2.5-mile-wide, 150-mile-long corridor between North and South Korea. Separated by fences, it is a lush land full of wildlife and forests where no one is safe to walk. It's a paradise, surrounded by war.
It's told from the perspective of a grandfather to his grandchild, a ...more
The DMZ, or demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, has become an unexpected sort of w ...more
A very different sort of picture book, that juxtaposes the wild life with the armies that also live right on the edge of the zone.
Good book to teach about the area, and also reflect on what has happened all these years.
Grandfather, on the other hand, is constantly aware of the wall that divides him from the rest of his family. Spring, summer, a ...more
What a way to get people interested in history and the issues facing the peoples of North and South Korea!
Thanks to NetGalley and Plough Publishing for a copy in return for an honest review.
How do you broach the subject of old military actions and the divisions between countries and politics with kids? The author of this book has chosen to use animals living peacefully and contrast it with the activities of soldiers going through practi ...more
When Spring Comes to the DMZ is an important book. It is so easy for much of the world to forget the war that happened more than half a century ago, and the countries and people still affected by it. I spent two years in South Korea with the U.S. Army, and made more than one trip to the DMZ. In a country full of people (Seoul, less than an hour's drive from the DMZ, is HUGE and a beautiful city well worth visiting), the DMZ area is somewhat startling in i ...more
I am not entirely sure this should be a children's picture book. There are wonderful illustrations, and a clear progression through seasons, which I think was the goal of the book. In that regard, it was successful. I get the feeling the author was trying to push an agenda item, rather than illustrate a story. The story was of a child and his grandfather, repeatedly visiting the DMZ fence to observe ...more
It is a well illustrated and descriptive picture book that follows a Korean Grandfather as he views life within the Demilitarized Zone in Korea. The descriptive images of open skies, animals, and vegetation that are illustrated and the story of how the Grandfather yearns to see the other side provides a story of how life continues to prosper within the zone, and yet how it continues to deter life.
At the end of the book is ...more
When Spring Comes to the DMZ is both beautifully illustrated, and simply written, to allow readers, young children especially, to understand what the space in the DMZ means for wildlife between North and South Korea.
Uk-Bae Lee is talented, and I enjoyed reading this book, and seeing the untouched wildlife that freely moves through this zone of land separated to bring peace.
I do wish ...more
Vegetation and animals can do whatever they want at the border’s no-man’s-land, but not people. A grandfather is a unifying figure in the story, as he climbs to the observatory to take in the view over and over. The reader is led to believe he’s looking at the landscape and all the animals described, but of course it’s so much more than that.
Despite the small article ...more
When Spring Comes to the DMZ (the demilitarised zone that separates North and South Korea) shows what can happen when nature is left to reclaim a place abandoned by humans due to disaster.
The book is also a reminder that – to this day – families are still torn apart by a conflict that began over six decades ago.
The book brings into mind recent stories about o ...more
Disclosure: I received an arc of thi ...more
Overall the feeling is sad but the message that unification could be possible in the future is hopeful. I am just not getting that message.
Grandfather hopes it is possible in his lifetime, but wishes and dreams do not make it so.
There is value in t ...more
A poignant and beautiful look at the wild animals of Korea and the border that defines their habitat. This is a cyclical narrative that keeps coming back to "Grandfather", who looks out from the South with longing at the North throughout the seasons. Although humans take a slight back seat in the story, in the end, it's really about the desire to unite a country that has been divided. The wild animals don't acknowledge the border and carry on ...more