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Friend or Foe

A Modern-Day Fable Covering Politics, Economics, the Environment, and Immigration

Conservative and liberal politics butt heads over economics, the environment, and immigration in a modern-day Animal Farm and Ant-and-the-Grasshopper style fable in Arthur Mills’ Friend or Foe.

Friend or Foe by Arthur Mills

Friend or Foe storyline

Tolmie State Park seems like a paradise for all the birds and woodland animals, with enough fruit, nuts, seeds, and acorns for everyone. But one day, Mitch the chipmunk is surprised when a flock of blue jays takes residence in the park. They seem friendly at first, but they are not above mocking Mitch and his wife for their hard work preparing for winter.

One day, the chipmunks discover someone is stealing from their hard-earned stores. Soon, the blue jays engage in persuasive rhetoric, turning the other animals against the chipmunks. Like a surreal version of the French Revolution gone wrong, the hardworking chipmunks are persecuted and left trying to survive, while their former friends lack all common sense. Soon the rash behavior of those around them causes the chipmunks and their persecutors to realize an economic and environmental nightmare has begun for everyone.

Friend or Foe is a modern-day political, economic, and environmental fable that ties together the deepest concerns of our present day. Friend or Foe will educate younger readers about work ethics and proper conservation efforts. In comparison, older readers may be frightened by its relevance to our current immigration policies.

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