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ISBN13: 9780394865805
ISBN10: 0394865804
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The Butter Battle Book tells the story of a land where two hostile cultures, the Yooks and the Zooks, live on opposite sides of a long curving wall, fairly similar to the Berlin Wall. The Yooks wear blue clothes; the Zooks wear orange. The main dispute between the two cultures is that the Yooks, who live on one side of the wall, eat their bread with the butter-side up, while the Zooks, who live on the other side, eat their bread with the butter-side down. The conflict between the two sides leads to an arms race, each competing to make bigger and better weapons to outdo the other, which results in the threat of mutual assured destruction.

Review:

"Provocative, packs an allegorical punch. The parade of increasingly elaborate (and ridiculous) armaments makes a telling point." Booklist

Review:

"Dr. Seuss chronicles the feud between the Yooks and the Zooks from slingshots through sophisticated weaponry, until each side has the capacity to destroy the world. The language amuses, the drawings are zesty and humorous, and the demand for this book will be large." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

The Butter Battle Book, Dr. Seuss's classic cautionary tale, introduces readers to the important lesson of respecting differences. The Yooks and Zooks share a love of buttered bread, but animosity brews between the two groups because they prefer to enjoy the tasty treat differently. The timeless and topical rhyming text is an ideal way to teach young children about the issues of tolerance and respect. Whether in the home or in the classroom, The Butter Battle Book is a must-have for readers of all ages.

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Illustrated in full color.

About the Author

Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. After attending Dartmouth College and Oxford University, he began a career in advertising. His advertising cartoons, featuring Quick, Henry, the Flit!, appeared in several leading American magazines. Dr. Seuss's first children's book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, hit the market in 1937, and the world of children's literature was changed forever!

In 1957, Seuss's The Cat in the Hat became the prototype for one of Random House's best- selling series, Beginner Books. This popular series combined engaging stories with outrageous illustrations and playful sounds to teach basic reading skills. Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped kids learn to read.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and three Academy Awards, Seuss was the author and illustrator of 44 children's books, some of which have been made into audiocassettes, animated television specials, and videos for children of all ages. Even after his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss continues to be the best-selling author of children's books in the world.

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bfidler11193, December 19, 2008 (view all comments by bfidler11193)
Very good reference to the Cold War and arms race
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Janet Hamilton, December 10, 2006 (view all comments by Janet Hamilton)
It?s time to rediscover The Butter Battle Book! This Dr. Seuss book that appeared originally in 1984, makes fun of the insane arms race in which the world was then engaged. It is brilliantly appropriate again today for parents and teachers who do not want to be in denial about the warfare in the world and do want young people to see how ridiculous humans can be in their opposition to each other. Presented in the zany rhyme and whacky illustration style for which Seuss is famous, The Butter Battle Book begins with a grandfather telling his grandson about the wall between their people, the Yooks, and their neighbors, the Zooks. The Zooks and the Yooks with their irreconcilable differences and escalating weapons production provide a satirical laugh with a light touch at a seriously heavy subject. The war between the Zooks who eat their bread with butter side down and the Yooks who eat their bread with butter side up begins with primitive sling shots and progresses through a fantastical history of warfare to the point of bomb shelters and a final Big-Boy Boomeroo bomb dropping standoff. The inconclusive ending is perfect for provoking discussion on how Zooks and Yooks might alternative ways to solve their problems. In fact, this entire book could be an excellent manual for peace educators to use with humans of all ages
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780394865805
Author:
Seuss, Dr.
Publisher:
Random House Books for Young Readers
Author:
Seuss
Author:
Seuss, Seuss
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Readers - Beginner
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Fiction - General
Subject:
War
Subject:
Poetry - Humorous
Subject:
Social Situations - Violence
Subject:
Stories in rhyme
Subject:
Children's stories, American
Subject:
Nonsense verses
Subject:
Social Issues - Violence
Subject:
Situations / Violence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Violence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Series:
Classic Seuss
Series Volume:
v. 5
Publication Date:
19840131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 1 up to 4
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
56
Dimensions:
11.22x8.22x.34 in. .76 lbs.
Age Level:
07-UP

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Product details 56 pages Random House Books for Young Readers - English 9780394865805 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Provocative, packs an allegorical punch. The parade of increasingly elaborate (and ridiculous) armaments makes a telling point."
"Review" by , "Dr. Seuss chronicles the feud between the Yooks and the Zooks from slingshots through sophisticated weaponry, until each side has the capacity to destroy the world. The language amuses, the drawings are zesty and humorous, and the demand for this book will be large."
"Synopsis" by , The Butter Battle Book, Dr. Seuss's classic cautionary tale, introduces readers to the important lesson of respecting differences. The Yooks and Zooks share a love of buttered bread, but animosity brews between the two groups because they prefer to enjoy the tasty treat differently. The timeless and topical rhyming text is an ideal way to teach young children about the issues of tolerance and respect. Whether in the home or in the classroom, The Butter Battle Book is a must-have for readers of all ages.
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