Kids Literature About Iraq


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I listened to Word of Mouth

I listened to Word of Mouth - interview on books about the Iraq War. Most of the books seemed to idealize war by telling stories about saved dogs and other "helpful" actions in a war zone. This type of story-telling, I think, encourages kids to want to go to war, rather than strive to end wars. My dad was in World War II; he told us that the only thing that got him through the horrible battles, destruction of homes, and killing of children (the Germans were recruiting young teens to fight) was the belief that his kids would never have to be in a war, since this war would surely be the last.
I believe that many who opposed war from the 1960's on did so in many cases because their parents, members of the "Greatest Generation", were honest with them about the horror, devastation, and futility of waging war, and not, as some in the media proclaimed, to rebel against their parents.
Kids' books are powerful, and I wish some of the books reviewed could have featured a young peace-maker or two.

Children's books on the Iraq War

Unfortunately, I am unable here in Hawai'i to down the broadcast for some reason, but I gather from Ms. Brady's comment that not much was said about my picture book. It definitely does not glorify war. What it does do is provide a brief look into the life of an Iraqi boy as he tries to cope with the destruction all around him. The message is simple: maintaining peace is more difficult than waging war. The context is difficult as I present to American readers the importance of calligrahy in a Moslem society.