How War Changed Rondo by Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv. Enchanted Lion Books, 2021. 9781592703678
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Format: Hardcover picture book
What did you like about the book? This is an amazing book for a high school or college philosophy, social issues, or war and the world course. There is a ton of symbolism in the text and the illustrations that point us toward why war is just horrible. The illustrations are stark, symbolic and imaginative. The text slowly walks us through how war comes to the small and idyllic town of Rondo. Three friends (growth, light, love) find a way to combat the darkness (light rays) and survive the war but each are scarred in important and devastating ways. It’s hard to watch and hard to read but the book has so many possibilities.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I didn’t love reading this book but I would love to teach it. The themes and symbolism are fascinating, and the message is beautiful.
To whom would you recommend this book? Anyone who is interested in thinking about human nature, war, why we do the things we do, how we recover from devastation and general philosophical ideals.
Who should buy this book? High school and college courses that discuss war and society would be a great place for this book.
Where would you shelve it? Picture books for older readers
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Pam WattsFlavin, Head of Children’s Services, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: October 21, 2021