This book is being discussed in classrooms, book clubs, and peace organizations around the world, so I offer you some interesting tidbits about The Button War:
It must have been something like forty years ago.
I was visiting my father-in-law with my older boys. They were playing with something they were collecting, perhaps baseball cards, or some such.
Looking on, my father-in-law said, “When I was a kid, we boys collected things, too.”
The story he told was rather unusual. He was raised in a village somewhere in Eastern Europe, but with so many national boundary changes, he could not even say precisely which country. During World War One, he said, his village was invaded and taken over by now this army, now that, from different nations. When these armies took over his village, the soldiers commandeered the women to wash their uniforms. Once washed, the uniforms were hung out to dry. The boys in the village—so my father-in-law related—would sneak about, cut the buttons from the uniforms, collect them, and trade them amongst themselves. This in the midst of The Great War. read more
Candlewick offers Chapter 1, readable online and as a downloadable PDF
Podcast and transcript
TeachingBooks.net interviewed me about The Button War. Transcript included.
Kat Dayton writes, “This is How The Button War Helped My Kids Think about Bigger Issues at the Border,” St. George News, 24 June 2018
Book Covers through the Years
Always intriguing to study a book’s cover, looking at how the publisher and artist felt this would promote a book to the most likely readers.