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Children's LiteratureAt this very moment, American and coalition soldiers are engaged in an ongoing war in Iraq. As both troops and Iraqi civilians feel the effects of continued military conflict, it may be reasonable to look back at the events that led to the current war. In "Operation Iraqi Freedom," author Sheila Rivera affords younger readers a brief history of the events of the first months of the American-Iraqi War. This illustrated volume begins with an analysis of the reasons for the United States invasion of Iraq. Discussion centers upon President Bush's fears that Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, possessed and would use weapons of mass destruction as part of a global terrorist campaign. Rivera then shifts her literary focus to the initial clash of battle and the humanitarian issues that continue to be part and parcel of this conflict. In closing, the author of this fair and balanced study of an event that continues to evolve before our eyes relates some of the painful issues that appear to be dogging American efforts. Only time will tell what the endgame in Iraq will be, but Sheila Rivera has provided reasonable information for youngsters about a topic that they are probably bombarded with on a daily basis. 2004, ABDO & Daughters, Ages 9 to 12.
— Greg M. Romaneck