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War and Peas by Michael Foreman
Book DescriptionKing Lion is sad because it has not rained in his country for too long, and now not ony will nothing grow, but also the land is too hard to dig. He decides to ask his rich (fat) neighbour for help. But he is mistaken for a beggar and a robber, and is pursued home by Fat King and his army ...and his supply trucks. The soldiers in their trucks are so heavy, that hey leave deep ruts in the land, and when it finally rains the land is well prepared for seeds. It's War, but not as we know it - or should that be Peace? Or even peas?!!
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781842700839
(279mm x 215mm x 3mm)
Imprint: Andersen Press Ltd
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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UK Kirkus Review » King Lion, skeletal and clad in the thinnest armour, is hungry. His subjects, a motley collection of animals clothed in dungarees, are starving. The land is parched and nothing will grow so King Lion must look further afield to save his people. He must go on a mission with the local grocer, otherwise known as the Minister for Food, to visit a rich neighbour and ask for help. When they arrive, exhausted and hungry, a mountain of sponge cakes and pork pies looms into view. It appears that food is plentiful here and they hope that kindness and charity will prevail. Alas, they are confronted by the mean and terrible Fat King, who sits squashed into a throne, surrounded by Christmas puddings and luscious treats. When he denounces them as villains, they make a run for it and the obesity of the pursuing army allows them to escape. As the Fat King's army wallows in the earth, trapped by their own greed, the starving animals bombard them and birds fly overhead with seeds to pelt them. As the victorious King Lion looks around him at the defeated Fat King he sees that the land has been dug up by the tracks of the vehicles allowing the strewn seeds to grow. This wonderful moral fable by Michael Foreman is powerful and enchanting. In the tradition of all the best fairy tales, good conquers evil, the weaker survive and the baddies learn from their mistakes. The illustrations and text work well together, in particular the grotesque descriptions of the mountains of food. What most enchants about the book, however, lies within the final pages. As the Lion and his Minister of Food cycle off into the middle of a beautiful rainbow, the Fat King burps and asks for the recipe for Peace. Wonderful. Ages 4-6 (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Michael Foreman
Michael Foreman is one of the most talented and popular creators of children's books today. He has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice and has been the UK nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award twice. His highly acclaimed books are published all over the world. He is married and has three sons. He divides his time between St Ives in Cornwall and London.
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