The Pushcart War

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Dell Publishing Company, 1987 - Juvenile Fiction - 222 pages
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The pushcarts have declared war!  New York City's streets are clogged with huge, rude trucks that park where they want, hold up traffic, and bulldoze into anything that is in their way, and the pushcart peddlers are determined to get rid of them. But the trucks are just as determined to get rid of the pushcarts, and chaos results in the city.



The pushcarts have come up with a brilliant strategy that will surely let the hot air out of their enemies.  The secret weapon--a peashooter armed with a pin; the target--the vulnerable truck tires.  Once the source of the flat tires is discovered, the children of the city joyfully join in with their own pin peashooters.  The pushcarts have won one battle, but can they win the war against a corrupt mayor who taxes the pins and prohibits the sale of dried peas?

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User Review  - Walt - Goodreads

This is a cute little book with a message about conflict and warfare. I am doubtful that the message is comprehensible to children, the intended audience. In fact, the writing makes it difficult for ... Read full review

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User Review  - Thomas A - Goodreads

This is a great book, even a classic. It's written in an interesting way. It's like a journalist looking back or sometimes right at this event. It's written so well, I though it was an actual event ... Read full review

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About the author (1987)

Jean Merrill was born in Rochester, New York on January 27, 1923. She received an undergraduate degree from Allegheny College and a master's degree in English from Wellesley College in 1945. After graduation, she worked as an editor for Scholastic Magazine. Her first book, Henry the Hand-Painted Mouse, was published in 1951. In 1952 she received a Fulbright Fellowship to study folklore at the University of Madras in India. She later based several of her books on Asian folk stories including Shan's Lucky Knife, The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars, and The Superlative Horse, which won a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. Her other books include A Song for Gar, Blue's Broken Heart, and The Pushcart War, which won a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. She also wrote a dozen scripts for animated television adaptations of her work. The Toothpaste Millionaire was adapted for television in 1974. She died from cancer on August 2, 2012 at the age of 89.

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