One hot summer day Luke and his friends decide to play their favorite game of war, using sticks for guns and pine cones for bombs and grenades. When a new child in the neighborhood hesitates to join in and then tells them he has been in a real war in the country where he used to live, the other children start to see their game in a new light.
"In these times, when violence and war are constantly in the news, children need our help sorting out the fantasy of war play from the painful realities of war. By bringing up the impact of war on one child, who gets upset when his friends engage in war play, and showing us his friends' caring responses, 'Playing War' does what no other children's book before it has done. It provides the forum adults and children need to feel safe talking about the real human impact of war." -Diane Levin, Ph.D., Professor of Education and author of "Teaching Young Children in Violent Times" and "The War Play Dilemma"