When Elephants Fight

When Elephants Fight

by Eric Walters, Adrian Bradbury
     
 

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The Lives of Children in Conflict in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Uganda. Portraits of five children victims of conflict, including regional history, maps and the causes and results of the conflict.See more details below

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The Lives of Children in Conflict in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Uganda. Portraits of five children victims of conflict, including regional history, maps and the causes and results of the conflict.

Editorial Reviews

The Horn Book Guide
"The writing is accessible, and the kids' stories are compelling. The many photographs of children and landscapes help contextualize their stories."
CM Magazine
"A solid vehicle for discussions about the effects of war on children... Highly recommended."
Library Media Connection
"Worth the effort of media specialists and teachers to get it into the hands of students...This would be an excellent supplemental text for a high school geography or world civilization program. Highly Recommended."
Quill & Quire
"[Walters and Bradbury] provide a thoughtful historical and political analysis to assist young readers - along with many an older reader understandably confused by world events - in seeing how these conflicts arise… The tales provide a fresh and vibrant voice that needs to be heard."
Tucson Unified School District
"It should be mandatory reading! Highly, highly recommended."
Resource Links
"This outstanding book...is a recommended purchase for all middle and high school libraries. It is an interesting and powerful read that will appeal to the student interest in global issues, or anyone with an interest in children's rights."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"A comprehensive, yet concise, history of the conflicts or wars immediately following each child's story...An eye-opening perspective that is valuable to readers of all ages."
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Manitoba Middle Years Association
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Kirkus Reviews

Five moving, personal stories of children caught up in wars are recounted here, each followed by short sections of historical background and explanations of the conflicts. Jimmy, from Uganda, still lives in his home; Sudanese Toma now lives in a refugee camp on the Chad border. Their experiences are relatively fresh; the others, still vividly told, are recollections of events 12-16 years ago in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Sarajevo by young adults now living in Canada. The informational sections are introductions in which, necessarily, the complicated histories of tension and the issues around these outbreaks of violence have been simplified and summarized. No sources are credited. Occasionally the writers repeat their facts; sometimes the facts change with repetition, as when the number of Tamils imported to work on Sri Lankan plantations grows from "close to a million" on one page to "a million" a few pages later. Bradbury's personal experience with children in northern Uganda lends credence to these narratives, and readers will share his sympathies with these innocent victims. (Nonfiction. 12-15)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551439006
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
1130L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

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There has never been a war fought that was started by children—or one that failed to harm them. Children are the grass beneath the feet of the men, the tribes, the armies and the nations engaged in armed conflict. Regardless of the winner—and there is a strong case to be made that war produces no winners—the children always suffer.

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