Why Do We Fight?

Why Do We Fight?

Conflict, War, and Peace

Book - 2013
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"Why do conflicts happen? Twenty-four-hour news, citizen journalism, the internet, world travel. It's a big world out there, but everything feels closer and more accessible to us than ever--including conflict and war. Whether your country is involved or not, nearly every disagreement, every standoff, every war affects our lives in some way. With so many conflicts around the world, it makes you wonder: 'Why do we fight?' Why Do We Fight? is a book that allows kids to understand that conflict may be inevitable, but war isn't. Readers are shown how small disagreements escalate and progress to become bigger and more serious ones; the commonality between all conflicts; and the influence of prejudice, history, diplomacy, geography, economics, and more in these events. By comparing bigger conflicts to the ones in their own lives, kids gain the insight to look beyond the headlines and view conflicts in a critical and investigative manner. Exhaustively researched and expert reviewed, Why Do We Fight? will give readers the voice and the confidence to talk about their world"--Back cover.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Owlkids, ©2013.
ISBN: 9781926973869
Characteristics: 80 pages :,illustrations (some color), maps ;,25 cm


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MickyT_13 Apr 21, 2015

this book does a really good job at explaining fighting and why it happens in easy to understand language. it uses quotes to deepen the message of what the author was trying to say. This is definitely a must read.

ariag Apr 02, 2015

This books does a great job of breaking down conflicts as big as wars between 2 nations and 2 people. it has so much interesting information in such a small read. i would recommend it to all

katylikeskats Mar 26, 2015

I loved this book's concept as it finally goes through the surface of the bombs and arguing, to the basis of why conflicts occur. However, i only rated this a 3 stars as I found that, while it was extremely thorough and interesting, I found it to be exaggerating, and sometimes, it bore me a little bit. I felt like some parts were longer than it needed to be. But, this does not dicount the fact that I like the different views that the book posed, how it presented conflict to a new angle.
As this book quotes, from Martin Luther King jr. himself, "People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other. they don;t know each other because they have not communicated with each other." I think this summarizes the book from one of its own quotes. I really liked the quotes at the beginning of each new section. Definitely a rewarding read!

loljilydoe Mar 25, 2015

Why do we fight? it has defintly been a questions I had been asking myself and my parents for years. It seems like theres no need to argue when theres a solution right? This book defintly showed the reasons with reliable research. It was relatable and inspiring. Answered many questions of many kids and honestly the part when the author describes the way an argument can end was very intresting. It was also a very understandable book where if you weren't really focusing on the text, the pictures/cartoons would describe a general summary of the information

extreme_fangirl Mar 12, 2015

"Why Do We Fight" discusses extremely important things in our society. It explains the reasons behind conflict, the process and how to solve it. Research was obviously conducted and relevant stories, examples and statistics were included. The analogies were relatable; instead of making it too formal sounding like a report, the author used, for lack of a better word, childish comparisons to prove her point. I think this was effective because they were more interesting and understandable. Personally, I liked reading about how some countries settles conflicts. I also particularly enjoyed reading the famous quotations the author added to each paragraph. Finally, There were timelines and different ways to format the information so it wasn't too boring to look at.

Overall, I think this book is an excellent way to teach readers about global issues and conflicts (big or small) around the world. A must read for everyone.

Owl_Feathers Jan 16, 2015

The theme of the book is very thoughtful, and it brings up many questions that I think that most of us have had before. Many of the examples and comparisons that it made were sort of childish. Therefore, I would say that the writing was for a slightly younger audience, but the content can be appreciated by all.

Justin_Nitsuj Jan 03, 2015

This book was great, it was very easy to read even though there were not many pictures. I think this book belongs in Silver Birch, as the author writing style is for a younger audience. That doesn't however affect the content.

LMcShaneCLE Dec 26, 2013

Graphic presentation of terms and history of conflict - makes this a useful book for discussion.

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