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Monday, September 5, 2016

Christmas in the Trenches - John McCutcheon

"Wars don't start on battlefields.  They begin in people's hearts.  And that is where they can be ended."

This book was recorded onto an accompanying cd.  I enjoy to hear a male voice read this book and the song that was written is lovely too. 

I liked the art work and the comic strip style of writing in panels and graphic novel style.  It's easy to read independently as students love this style. 

In researching this book, many reviews thought it was not appropriate for kids.  I disagree.  It's not great as a read aloud because of the style, but I think kids enjoy reading about war and will embrace this true story.  The fact that the truce happened in the midst of devastation is a great story and one that is important for kids to read about.

"We need to learn how to wage peace."

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