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Step by Step:

1) Read the Book

2) Keep these two ideas in mind while completing the task:

Think about how the Yooks and the Zooks race to develop bigger and better weapons and also that the book was written in 1984.

3) Analyze the following statements:

“It’s high time that you knew of the terribly horrible things that Zooks do. In every Zook house and every Zook town every Zook eats his bread with butter side down!”
Threatening “a twitch with my tough-tufted prickley Snick-Berry Switch!”
3) Write down your interpretation of the lines given.
4) Compare your own interpretations with this write up
The Butter Battle Book (theme is silly conflicts can escalate into a dangerous situation) was written in response to the arms buildup and nuclear war threat during the Reagan administration. Published in 1984, Butter Battle shed light on the growing threat of war between Yooks and the Zooks. The threat stems solely from the way Yooks and Zooks choose to eat their bread: butter-side up and butter-side down, respectively. The story ends with a blank page, leaving a cliffhanger ending that is open to interpretation. The Butter Battle Book was on the adult New York Times bestseller list for adults. In 1990, a televised version of The Butter Battle Book was shown on Russian television.

This cautionary Cold War tale has a lot to teach about intolerance and how tit-for-tat violence can quickly get out of hand. Explaining the very serious differences between the Zooks and the Yooks, a Zook grandpa tells his grandchild the unspeakable truth: “It’s high time that you knew of the terribly horrible thing that Zooks do. In every Zook house and every Zook town every Zook eats his bread with the butter side down!” He then recalls his days with the Zook-Watching Border Patrol, as he gave any Zook who dared come close “a twitch with my tough-tufted prickley Snick-Berry Switch.” But when the Zooks fought back, the switches gave way to Triple-Sling Jiggers, then Jigger-Rock Snatchems–even a Kick-a-Poo Kid that was “loaded with powerful Poo-a-Doo Powder and ants’ eggs and bees’ legs and dried-fried clam chowder.”

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