Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak

Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak

by Deborah Ellis

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Overview

Deborah Ellis's enormously popular Breadwinner trilogy recounted the experiences of children living in Afghanistan; now Ellis turns her attention to the young people of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After visiting the region to conduct interviews, she presents their stories here — in their own words. Twelve-year-old Nora, eleven-year-old Mohammad, and many others speak directly about their lives — which prove to be both ordinary and extraordinary: They argue with their siblings. They hate spinach. They have wishes for the future. Yet they have also seen their homes destroyed and families killed, and live amidst constant upheaval and violence.

This simple, telling book allows young readers everywhere to see that the children caught in this conflict are just like them — but living far more difficult and dangerous lives. Without taking sides, it presents an unblinking portrait of children victimized by the endless struggle around them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780888996459
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication date: 02/03/2006
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 456,996
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.31(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 11 Years

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Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Three Wishes is a wonderful book, its about the Isreal and Palestian war. The author, Deborah Ellis, interviews children from both backgrounds, as they describe their hardships and daily life as they watch the war rage on between the two sides. The author does a great job of engaging the reader by writing about different stories that the children talk about. What I liked about this book is that the story is that I was able to hear both sides of the war from what the children had told the author. I think any one who likes to read about world cultures or about world new will enjoy this story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Three Wishes is about the war in the Middle East, involving Israelis and Palestinians. The war began in 1948 and has affected the children who live in the war area. Three Wishes talks about how the children's lives have been affected and includes real interviews with them. Deborah Ellis gives facts about the war situation and causes, and effects it has had on everyone, especially children. The author, Deborah Ellis, does a good job of engaging the reader. She captures your attention with heart-breaking or interesting facts at the beginning of each entry. When you begin to read what the children had to say about their lives and the war, you never want to put it down. Their lives are greatly affected by the war and its amazing ot learn about them. I like this book because it is not something most people would want to read. However, it is so different that it is really interesting to read. It's very enjoyable and captures your attention. I am confused about why the Israelis can at any time start a curfew to shut everything down. Why do they do it if there isn't a legitimate reason? I think anyone who is a young teen and older will enjoy this book because it is very interesting. Although it's not the type of book most teenagers would read, it is very good and you should give it a chance. It opens your eyes to how one person's choice can affect thousands of people and their lives. Three Wishes is a great book!
popejephei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First, a word of caution; this book is incredibly depressing. Are you looking towards children to help the messed up adults of their cultures see a clear way towards peace and happiness? Do you have faith that if only we could listen to the young, with their innately peaceful natures and proven ability to love, the all the killing would stop? If so brace yourself to read a fair number essay from kids who have been so badly scarred by the violent world we have left them, that they wish God would strike all members of the other side dead, and confidently proclaim that there's no reasoning with "those people." God help us all.
glammonkey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating and heartbreaking read. Ellis, a Canadian author of children's books, published this collection of interviews with Israeli and Palestinian children in 2006 and it has been controversial ever since. In these interviews the children share stories that are all tragically similar - ever Palestinian child says that they don't know any Israeli children, but that the Israelis hate them. Every Israeli child says that they don't know any Palestinian children, but that the Palestinians hate them. For all these children, soldiers, bag searches, checkpoints, sudden violence and fear are an every day occurrence. The Israeli teenagers are thinking about their future military service and many of the Palestinians speak of killing Israelis in their future. For the most part it is an incredibly even handed work, though I felt there was one serious problem in that the only Israeli children interviewed were Jews and only Jews of European decent. Twenty percent of the population of Israel is Arab - why didn't she interview even one Arab Israeli? Of the 75% of the population that is Jewish, a third is of Middle Eastern, Asian or African decent. Ellis is whitewashing the Jewish population by not including children whose ancestors never left ancient Judea or those who only went as far as Iraq, Iran or Yemen, not to mention returned Indian and Ethiopian Jews. This portrayal of Jews as only white Europeans bothers me, as I suspect most of the people who read this book won't know that is not the case.
Niecierpek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have read Deborah Ellis before and heard her speak. She is a shy, yet passionate, socially engaged child activist that happens to write great books about issues she is passionate about. Another book I recommend by her is Heaven's Shop.These are transcribed interviews with children as young as 8 and as old as 18 living on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The children come from all social backgrounds which include families of university professors (on both sides), refuge camp dwellers, settlers, orphans, kibbutz dwellers, and what we could probably label: ordinary families of average means, on each side. What comes out of it is very sad and depressing. No child should ever go through what these children are living through. If the children realize it or not, since some of them seem to think that they live in the best place on earth, their life is a nightmare. When asked for three wishes at the end of each interview, more than one of them wishes to grow old. Extremely telling, isn¿t it. In the factoid part leading into each chapter, we learn that about 60% of Palestinians are below the age of 18, and that every Israeli kid has lost a friend or relative in the conflict. That¿s all really sad.I feel that the book is unbiased, but there is a telling picture that comes out of it that I am not going to reveal, but I will gladly compare notes if you read the book. What is most scary perhaps, is the fact that from what those children have gone through, and from what they say, we can already infer what sides they will take in their adult life. And, sad as it may sound, there seem to be suicide bombers and ruthless soldiers among them.
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