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The Olive Tree

Written By: Elsa Marston
Illustrated By: Claire Ewart


The Olive Tree

The house next door to Sameer’s had been empty for as long as he could remember. The family had gone away when the war began. But now they were back, and he was ready to have fun with his new playmate. Together they could climb the big olive tree that overlooked both their gardens, and eat the delicious olives it produced. The only problem was that Muna, the little girl next door, didn’t want to play and she didn’t want to share the olives.

Rating: 4 ****

A classic tale of conflict and sharing.

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Meanie Head

By: Eric Bruce Kaplan


Meanie Head

Henry and Eve are going through a phase of fighting with each other all the time, and their battle quickly escalates from arguing over a toy to leaving a path of destruction across the United States and beyond.

Rating: 3 ***

Very hyperbolic book. The kids go on to destroy the world and then make up after doing so. Probably a good book for siblings who are prone to this hyperbole themselves though — he broke my toy and it’s now the end of the world. Even after the world has ended you can still make up.

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The Forgiveness Garden

By Lauren Thompson


The Forgiveness Garden
Reviewed by Children’s Book List

Two children from separate, long-feuding villages decide to put aside their hatred and build a forgiveness garden to bridge the gap between their communities and end the cycle of violence.

Rating: 4 ****

This book is based on a real-life forgiveness garden but doesn’t explain the concept very well. It does bridge well a transition to speak to children about world conflict but remains very abstract.

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