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When the Horses Ride By: Children in the Times of War

by Eloise Greenfield
Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Published by Lee & Low, 2006
36 pages
ISBN: 9781584302490

Ages 9-12

Wherever we are, / we search for a place / to be unafraid. / Wherever we are. Poems and paintings that reference both historical and contemporary conflicts around the world offer perspectives on war in the voices of children. Eloise Greenfield writes of fear and resignation, compassion and innocence, hope and determination to endure in poems that are both heartbreaking and heartening. Some poems are about specific conflicts (such as the end of apartheid in South Africa and American Indian losses), others are open to broader interpretation. Artist Jan Spivey Gilchrist gives some of these a specific context with her visual interpretations in a volume that affirms the dream of children around the world and through the ages is for peace.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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