K-Gr. 3. First published in 1967, this picture book introduces two brothers who are lured by the trappings of glory to become the commanders of opposing armies. After they lead their soldiers to war in their mother's own garden, they learn to value family and food more than fighting. The cross-hatched ink pictures appear to be identical to those in the first edition, but the restrained red, blue, and gray tones of the original art has been replaced with full-color washes. From the subtle earth tones of the potato plants on the dedication page to the brilliant reds, blues, and golds of the battle scenes, the additional color enhances the drawings and ensures a wider audience for this story and its timeless theme. Carolyn Phelan
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About the Author
Anita Lobel's name is synonymous with the best in children's literature. She is the creator of such classics as Alison's Zinnia and Away from Home, and she received a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in On Market Street. She is the creator of two books about her cat, Nini, One Lighthouse, One Moon (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), and Nini Here and There. Her childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Anita Lobel lives in New York City.