Paths to Peace: People Who Changed the World: People Who Changed the World

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With a stirring quote set within a stunning and incisive collage, Zalben sets the tone for each of the sixteen peacemakers she profiles in this book. Mahatma Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Cesar Chavez,Aung San Suu Kyi, and the most recent Nobel Prize winner, Dr.Wangari Maathai, are some of thepeople she chose to represent different eras and parts of the globe. Many started down their path to peace during childhood, and all challenge us to think about improving the lives of others. Also included in this beautiful ...

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Overview

With a stirring quote set within a stunning and incisive collage, Zalben sets the tone for each of the sixteen peacemakers she profiles in this book. Mahatma Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Cesar Chavez,Aung San Suu Kyi, and the most recent Nobel Prize winner, Dr.Wangari Maathai, are some of thepeople she chose to represent different eras and parts of the globe. Many started down their path to peace during childhood, and all challenge us to think about improving the lives of others. Also included in this beautiful volume are art notes, a glossary, a bibliography, further reading, and an index, making it an excellent resource for teachers and students.

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Children's Literature
This attractive book gives a short biography of sixteen peacemakers, many of whom received the Nobel Peace Prize. From such notables as Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Fitzgerald Kennedy to less well known figures such as Wangari Maathai and Aung San Suu Kyi, the reader learns of different ways people work for peace and justice. Each bio has a facing page with a collage and a quotation from the person. The Dalai Lama is quoted as saying, "Inner peace is the true foundation of world peace." At the back of the book the artist explains the significance of the collage materials such as special paper, native fabrics, and postage stamps. There is a glossary, bibliography, lists for further study, and an index. The author states, "One person can make a difference." Young people may be inspired to continue the work of these pioneers of peace. This is a good addition for any children's library. 2006, Dutton Children's Books/Penguin Young Readers Group, and Ages 8 to 13.
—Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-This handsome volume highlights 16 individuals who have worked to improve conditions for others through their words and actions. Included are writers, philosophers, Civil Rights advocates, and politicians, many of whom are Nobel Peace Prize recipients. The book focuses on celebrated individuals such as John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, Cesar Chavez, and Elie Wiesel. Also covered are those newer to recognition, such as Wangari Maathai, who works for conservation in Kenya, and Aung San Suu Kyi, who fights for democracy in Myanmar. The well-written, single-page vignettes provide an interesting glimpse into the lives of these people and will pique readers' curiosity and encourage them to learn more. Each biography is surrounded by an eye-catching border and faces a full-page illustration and quote from the subject. Made from fabric, etchings, watercolor, and found objects, the collages reflect Zalben's interpretation of these individuals, and the appended notes explain the various symbols and materials in the pictures. For example, Mahatma Gandhi's entry mentions his 1930 Salt March to end an unfair law, while the illustration depicts an abstract beach scene sprinkled with real sea salt, and Indian paper borders the text. The accomplished, vibrant artwork and the graceful narrative clearly express each person's character, approach to life, and accomplishments, making this an enticing introduction to a diverse group of peacemakers.-Hope Marie Cook, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The grandiloquent subtitle captures the heavily earnest tone of this artist's tribute to 16 modern men and women who might-broadly, in several cases-be characterized as peacemakers. Most of Zalben's choices are familiar ones, from Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein to Anne Frank, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mother Teresa, but the final three-Kikuyu conservation activist Wangari Maathai, Burmese Nobelist and political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi and Princess Diana-do give the roster a personal tilt. She profiles each with a page of basic biographical facts and quick looks at significant activities or achievements, adding a pithy quote from each and also an evocatively designed border and a strong, semi-abstract collage illustration. Closing with notes on the art, plus generous lists of further sources of information, this might not light fires under many readers, but it supports the author's theme that "one person can make a difference." (Collective biography. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525477341
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/2/2006
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 413,997
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.52 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Breskin Zalben is the author-artist for many books, including Saturday Night at the Beastro, which she created with her husband, Steven.  She lives in Long Island, New York.

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