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The Conquerors [Paperback]

David McKee
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7 July 2005
There once was a large country that was ruled by a General. The General would take his army and attack all the countries around him until they were conquered. Eventually, there was only one small country left to conquer. However, this one did not resist but welcomed the soldiers - leading to a quite unexpected result!

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen; New Ed edition (7 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842704680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842704684
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David McKee's first book was published in 1964. His books are now published in many languages throughout the world, and many of them have been adapted for television. He is one of the leading contemporary children's book creators.

David McKee was born and brought up in South Devon, where he went from grammar school to Plymouth Art College. Whilst still at college he started selling one-off cartoons to newspapers and on graduation, he began to contribute to such publications as Punch, Times Education Supplement and the Reader's Digest. His first book, Two Can Toucan was published in 1964 and since then he has written and illustrated numerous children's books. As well as his own books, which include the popular best-selling Elmer series, David illustrates for a number of other writers including Michael Bond's Paddington Bear and Forrest Wilson's SuperGran books.

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"An important book. A book we need." (Michael Morpurgo)

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Clear and colourful illustrations with a strong anti-war message in a compelling story from the master of the modern picture book parable.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a great story about an army that is trying to take over the world and enforce its ways upon resisting populations. The last and littlest country that they invade, instead of trying to repel the agressors, welcome the soldiers and are so hospitable that the invading army talk, sing and play with the host population. As the invading soldiers returned home they took with them the ways and customs they had learned in the little country and it could be debated therefore which country had actually ended up the conqueror! There are clear and colourful McKee pictures of soldiers parading smartly in red coats and blue caps, just right for a 3+ boy who likes to play armies and fighting, yet the message is clear, that with gentle persuasion and guidance far more can be achieved than through brute force. A winner for all children 3-6.
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This is a short book with a clever storyline that a child learning to read (1-2 years experience of reading) should be able to attempt and enjoy. A strong nation conquerors all its neighbours leaving just a small country remaining which has a happy open population and no army. This nation doesn't resist, and the troops left to garrison the country are made welcome and soon lay down their arms and help work with the indigenous people and are assimilated into their culture. The furious General sees what has happened and sends replacements, but the same thing happens again. On his return home the General sees that the returning troops have brought back with them the culture, cooking, songs and way of life of the small country. The General thinks this is the spoils of war, and as the book ends we see the General sing his own child to sleep with a lullaby from the small country, and we are left to ponder who really conquered who? A very well written morality tale, the significance of which can be discussed with a young child. Good, simple, colourful illustrations and narrated in a manner children can understand. Probably the school reading book I've most enjoyed myself!
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Clever 11 Jan 2014
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Possibly one of the best young person's book written. General rules a country and invades other countries until the last country has no Army. The story ends with not only his country adopting better ways but the General in transition. Why this person feels this is truly superb is how subtle a message and you can only offer rather than force. No one told anyone anything. Just people being able to appreciate and assimilate of their own free will. The Conquerors were won over gently.in a useful manner.
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