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Can You Say Peace?

by Karen Katz
     
 

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Children everywhere wish for peace

International Peace Day is September 21. On this day and every day throughout the year, children all over the world wish for peace. Karen Katz takes readers on a bright and colorful journey around the globe to meet some of these children and learn about the many ways to say peace!

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Children everywhere wish for peace

International Peace Day is September 21. On this day and every day throughout the year, children all over the world wish for peace. Karen Katz takes readers on a bright and colorful journey around the globe to meet some of these children and learn about the many ways to say peace!

Karen Katz's bright and childlike illustrations are the perfect way to introduce the very young to the concept of peace and teach them how to say the word in twenty-two different languages.

Can You Say Peace? is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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“With vibrantly colored patterns softened by soothing rhythmic lines ... this timely primer on nonviolence works in its simplicity.” —The Oakland Journal

“A great way to introduce multiculturalism to young readers.” —The Oakland Journal

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
As in her first book, Colors of Us, Karen Katz once again celebrates diversity in this colorful picture book. Classrooms and families do not need to wait for Peace Day on September 2 to explore how to say peace in eleven different languages and cultures. Parents or teachers can have a wonderful time with their preschoolers exploring sameness and difference in the architecture and activities shown in each spread. Meena, who says shanty, and her family in India are shown wearing saris and scarves as they prepare chapatis, while Claire calls out paix from her street in Paris with the Eiffel Tower looming overhead. Although these illustrations edge on stereotyping (wearing berets in France and chasing chickens and donkeys in Mexico), Katz' signature bright folk art style is very likely to appeal. While this book is not profound, it does offer a much needed message to the very young that saying "Peace" is something we need to do all over the world.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21, the author of The Colors of Us (Holt, 1999) delivers another delightful foray into diversity. One side of each spread features a lively scene from a particular country ("Meena lives in India"), while opposite, a close-up portrait shows a child who wishes readers peace in his or her own language: "Meena says shanti (SHAHN-tee)." The last few pages make the point that no matter where they live, all children want the same things, "to go to school, to walk in their towns and cities, to play outside-to share food with their families-and feel safe. No matter how we say it, we all want peace." The book closes with an outline world map with tiny images of the youngsters shown waving from their homelands, and a list of other words for peace. Created in collage and mixed media, the vivacious illustrations are filled with movement and energy. Katz's happy, round-faced characters and bold folk-art colors and patterns work beautifully to lighten up the message. A simple, buoyantly illustrated look at the wonderful variety of lifestyles across the globe and the similarities of children everywhere.-Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Using the United Nations International Day of Peace as a launching pad, the nursery-school set travels around the globe to learn how to say the word "peace" in 11 languages. With vibrantly colored patterns softened by soothing rhythmic lines, a detailed, full-page childlike scene depicting a community in a particular country sits adjacent to a big, bold portrait of one of its young citizens. These inviting representations serve as the touch point for preschoolers who may see themselves-or their classmates-in Meena of India, Carlos of Mexico or Chinese gal May. Peace is an abstract concept, but populist picture-book purveyor Katz makes it concrete by noting that children everywhere want to live, learn and play in safety. Best suited for one-on-one sharing or for small groups to pore over with a caregiver, this timely primer on nonviolence works in its simplicity. (pronunciation guides, note, map) (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805078930
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
07/25/2006
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
604,493
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 11.14(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Karen Katz has written and illustrated many books for children, including The Colors of Us, My First Ramadan, Counting Kisses and Where is Baby's Belly Button. Long inspired by folk art from around the world, she was inspired to write her first book, Over the Moon, when she and her husband adopted their daughter from Guatemala, and she wanted to tell the story of welcoming Lena into their lives. Katz loves to paint and experiment with texture, color, collage and pattern. Besides an author and illustrator, she has been a costume designer, quilt maker, fabric artist and graphic designer. Katz and her family divide their time between New York City and Saugerties, New York.

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