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Book Title: The Golden Enemy|
The author of the book: Alexander Key
Date of issue: January 1st 1969
ISBN 13: 9780664324414
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.41 MB
Edition: Westminster John Knox Press
Read full description of the books The Golden Enemy:This is a wonderfully inspiring book with a positive message for older children & adults that teaches why & how not to be prejudiced or racist by teaching the way of compassionate understanding, through an exciting page-turning story that holds the interest without being preachy about it. This would be a terrific book to read with your child, & if they are like me & the people I know who read it, they will want to re-read it again & again. I have read reviews on other sites where adults re-read this book, as well. It is that good!
I was so affected when I first read this book as a child, that I saved it for the child I hoped to have one day; and he loved it so much that he saved it for the child he hoped to have one day, too. A third generation has now been born in our family since I first read this book, and this book will help guide this new baby's life towards one of compassionate understanding & patience with differences, instead of hatred and ignorance. My son & I both grew up non-prejudiced & non-racist, and this book had a lot to do with inspiring those wonderful values, with a fascinating story that doesn't feel like one is learning something so important & profound.
Since this is a book for older children & I know parents will want to know more, please note that there are SPOILERS below, without giving away the ending:
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The Golden Enemy by Alexander Key is a science fiction story that holds up well (it first came out many years ago), about an older boy who travels in the woods with his best buddy, his dog. They travel in a hovercraft, which is fun for a child to read about & imagine. It is set in the future, with a human race that exists on another planet that is very much like Earth. They had some type of feud with a giant bear race, and the humans killed almost all of them, due to tragic misunderstandings between them. The boy in this book, Jaims, is able to telepathically communicate with the last remaining giant bear of this species, and intends to kill him due to his own misunderstandings. In return, the bear also wants to kill humans, because he is the last of his kind and alone. (Stick with me, this sounds intense but it is a very heartwarming book, & a cartoon has more violence than this wonderful story!)
At first, the boy & this bear 'hear' each other's thoughts & they are unkind and angry, full of bad intent towards one another. But as they communicate more & more, they learn things about each other that ends up transforming their attitudes by the end of the book, & the magic that this author weaves is to also help open the hearts & minds of the children reading it, inspiring them to be more like the characters end up being with one another. I won't give away the ending, but by the time the last page is read, one feels as if their hearts have been opened up with compassion towards others, and the message of trying to understand & show compassion is born into one's psyche, which is a wonderful thing not easily achieved. 'The Golden Enemy' gives an incredible message of finding peace with others we may not understand at first, by learning more about them first & not assuming the worst.
I cannot recommend this book more highly for children & adults alike, especially on the day that I am writing this review, when an interfaith memorial service is being held in Dallas, TX USA for the slain officers who were ambushed by snipers in a terrible hate crime on July 8, 2016. God bless those officers & their loved ones, & the people who have been hurt by prejudice & racism to the point where they feel such rage that they want to blindly hurt others without even knowing them...which is exactly how this book starts out. This book is so appropriate for children of these current times now, just as much as it was when I first read it during a time in the USA when desegregation was taking place in our school system. Reading this book, then seeing how 2 races were treating each other @ school was a real eye-opener, as it will be for your children. This message cannot be sugar-coated; it must be felt, and this book gives both sides of the story so the child can 'feel' the emotions & the joyful outcome that compassion brings. It is a very inspiring, healing book. If you have any misgivings, I urge you to get the book & read it yourself first before casting it aside, instead of avoiding it because it sounds too intense. It is not written in that way at all, and is quite appropriate for older children.
My fervent wish is that this book will be reprinted so more children & adults can read it (you can still find it on Kindle), & a movie made for a world-wide audience in desperate need of the inspiration to be compassionate towards others despite our differences. This book is a balm for all of our souls.
Read information about the authorAn American science fiction writer, most of whose books were aimed at a juvenile audience. He became a nationally known illustrator before he became an author. After he began writing novels for young people, he moved his family to the North Carolina mountains, and most of his books include that wild and rugged landscape.
His novel Escape to Witch Mountain was made into a popular film in 1975 and again in 1995. His novel The Incredible Tide became a popular anime series, Future Boy Conan.
He is known for his portrayals of alien but human-like people who have psychic powers and a close communion with nature, and who can speak with animals. In The Strange White Doves, he professed his belief that animals are conscious and aware, and have subtle ways of communicating, perhaps via telepathy.
The protagonists of Key's books are often ostracized, feared, or persecuted due to their abilities or alien origin, and Key uses this as a clear metaphor for racism and other prejudice. In several of the books (most notably "The Case of the Vanishing Boy,") Key portrays some sort of communal withdrawing from society with a group of like-minded individuals. - Wikipedia -
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