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Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak Paperback – 1 Mar 2007
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Powerful first-hand accounts of conflict in the Middle East by children, for the library rather than whole-class use. (Geoff Barton Times Educational Supplement )
Perfect for use in discussions of current events, terrorism, conflict and - on the flip side - mediation and reconciliation. (School Librarian )
About the Author
Deborah Ellis lives in Canada. She is the author of the popular Breadwinner trilogy and campaigns for peace and social justice.
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This is a very quick read but also a powerful read. These are 20 different perspectives of kids who are living in Israel and Palestine. The differences between both countries are stark. The voices of the children are similar and yet dissimilar. Their experiences reflect the mood of their country people and their voices are clear and honest, even if they are confused as to why their countries are at war or on how to solve the issues at hand. They all share a common fear of being attacked unsuspectingly and all of them share grief at its most powerful when loved ones and friends, neighbors have died in attacks. I cannot imagine how to live in such situations with grace as these kids do. Surprisingly, there is not a lot of anger coming from the kids but there are several questions as to how to resolve this conflict without any more deaths.
After reading my library copy, I decided to buy a copy of this book simply because I want my kids to read this in a year when they're a bit older and need to know more about the world. Each of the 20 voices that are in this book are very important in this world because they are the voices of the children trying to survive a war that began long before their birth. It is essential to keep their hopes and dreams alive for a better world.