When Spring Comes to the DMZ

Korea 's demilitarized zone has become an amazing accidental nature preserve that gives hope for a brighter future for a divided land.

Travel into the natural beauty of the DMZ, where salmon, spotted seals, and mountain goats freely follow the seasons and raise their families in this 2.5-mile-wide, 150-mile-long corridor where no human may tread. But the vivid seasonal flora and fauna are framed by ever-present rusty razor wire, warning signs, and locked gates -- and regularly interrupted by military exercises that continue decades after a 1953 ceasefire in the Korean War established the DMZ.
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Published March 8th 2019 by Plough Publishing House

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When Spring Comes to the DMZ is a beautiful but bittersweet story set in the 4 km-wide demilitarized zone between South Korea and North Korea.

Although the fences are not so great for people, the plants and animals do n't see the fences as an obstacle, and without the influence of humans, nature has thrived in the DMZ.

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Each double-page spread of this picture book moves through the seasons as Grandfather and his wife ( or great-grandchild?) climb up to the observation deck and look over into the land of Grandfather 's youth.

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The lovely picture book by South Korean illustrator Uk-Bae Lee promoting peace as part of Peace Picture Book Project by artists from Korea, China and Japan.

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I do n't forget how to express how I feel reading this because it is mixed of beautiful yet sad.

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he poe has hope that one day the fences will come down and all the Koreans can live in harmony together as well.

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