The Peace Book

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Today everyone is talking about peace. But how do you explain this abstract concept to young children? Todd Parr is here to help. Like his bestselling title It's Okay to Be Different, The Peace Book gives parents and teachers a valuable tool in talking about a challenging subject. Todd's bright, child-friendly pictures and simple, inspiring text tell kids just what they need to know.
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Overview

Today everyone is talking about peace. But how do you explain this abstract concept to young children? Todd Parr is here to help. Like his bestselling title It's Okay to Be Different, The Peace Book gives parents and teachers a valuable tool in talking about a challenging subject. Todd's bright, child-friendly pictures and simple, inspiring text tell kids just what they need to know.
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Peace is revealed Todd Parr style in this refreshing, eloquent picture book from the author of the bestselling The Family Book and It's Okay to Be Different. In his usual style of primary-color illustrations and simple statements that convey profound meaning beneath a jovial exterior, Parr tells readers about how to bring peace to their neighborhood and describes both the essence of peace and what it feels like. From "Peace is keeping the water blue for all the fish" to "Peace is offering a hug to a friend" to "Peace is having enough pizza in the world for everyone," the author gives kids plenty to think about, with smiley-face characters always reassuring kids that peace means happiness and contentment. For those who haven't yet discovered Parr's brand of storybook magic -- and for anyone looking for a ray of sunshine during turbulent times -- The Peace Book is a great place to begin.
Publishers Weekly
Todd Parr's The Peace Book is a timely explanation of the term for young readers living in a sometimes uneasy world. In the neon-hued, cartoon landscape, peace can be anything from "keeping the water blue for all the fish" to "wearing different clothes" (the picture shows two girls, one in funky bellbottoms, the other in a traditional burqa) to "having enough pizza in the world for everyone." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-For children, the concept of peace can be a difficult one to understand, and Parr makes an admirable attempt to explain it. He relates the notion to making new friends, listening to different kinds of music, and helping your neighbor. Where he stretches it a bit is with sentiments such as, "Peace is wishing on a star" or "-watching it snow," even if the images are tranquil. Bright primary colors and bold black outlines define cartoonlike characters (animal and human) with smiling features. A helpful and engaging book that's sure to spark discussion.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316835312
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 722,380
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Parr
Todd Parr is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. He lives in Berkeley, California. For a complete list of Todd's books and more information, visit www.toddparr.com.

Biography

Author/illustrator Todd Parr is the poster child for perseverance. Growing up in Wyoming, he knew he wanted to be an artist, but he met with rejection at almost every turn. In school, his drawings and paintings were considered childish and simplistic. He even failed his high school art course for not meeting class standards. As a result, for many years he lacked the self-confidence to pursue his dreams. Then, when he finally mustered the resolve to begin painting in earnest, his work was turned down by dozens of galleries.

Yet, in spite of these roadblocks, Parr persisted. He arranged a small showing of his paintings at Wolfgang Puck's San Francisco restaurant Postrio. A buyer for Macy's West saw his canvases and encouraged him to design a line of merchandise for the store. Then, in 1998, Parr's bold, colorful style caught the eye of Little Brown agent Megan Tingley, who approached him to write children's books. The rest, as they say, is publishing history.

Unlike other children's authors, Parr is not a traditional storyteller; yet his books—with their positive, reassuring messages about acceptance, self-confidence, and diversity—have become enormously popular. In bestsellers like The Family Book, We Belong Together and It's Okay to Be Different, he encourage preschoolers to be themselves, to express their feelings, and to celebrate what makes each of them unique.

But it is his artwork—cheerful stick figures rendered in bright, neon colors and outlined boldly in black—that makes Parr one of the most recognized names in the world of children's literature. The same simplicity of technique that once drew criticism has proved to be his most bankable commodity. His work has been displayed in the windows of FAO Schwartz, his products are sold worldwide, and he has won awards for his books and for his preschool television show ToddWorld. Pretty good for a kid who was thrown out of high school art class!

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Not all of Parr's fans are eight and under—teens in Japan reportedly swamped the author on his book tour, bringing rice cookers and surfboards for signing.

Before he began his career as a children's author, Parr was a flight attendant for United Airlines.

Parr's first job was working at Taco Time for $1 an hour at age 11. "I was going to own my own someday," he said in an interview with Barnes & Noble.com. "I still love tacos. :)"

Parr gives special credit to his family for their support: "I have a very special family," he told Barnes & Noble.com. "They never really understood me, but encouraged me to go after everything I wanted even when we did not agree. As I now realize—this takes a lot of love to do."

Parr has no formal art training.

He was flabbergasted when he was approached to write children's books. "I can't even spell," he told us, "so the idea of being an 'author' never entered my mind!" Once he realized this would not be an obstacle, it cleared the way for him to focus on his artwork and the messages behind it.

When asked what kind of advice he would give to kids who want to be artists, here's what Parr told us:
Believe in yourself. Art is art even if no one else likes what you do. If it makes you happy, stay with it. Don't give up. And surround yourself with your work to remind yourself of what makes you feel good.

The message behind my work stemmed somewhat from my childhood because it was not okay for me to be who I was. I did not conform to the "norm" or want to be like everyone else. Things have not changed that much for kids today either; it seems harder for them. So in the process of doing what I'm doing in my work—enjoying my life and being happy—if I can help someone, especially kids, learn to believe in themselves, accept others, and learn not to hate, then maybe someone's life will be a little easier and maybe their dreams a little closer to coming true."

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    1. Hometown:
      Berkeley, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1962
    2. Place of Birth:
      Rock Springs, Wyoming
    1. Education:
      High school diploma
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  • Posted July 21, 2010

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    Teaches, or reinforces, lessons in kindness, tolerance, individuality, and self-love.

    In typical Todd Parr fashion, "The Peace Book" is simple and colorful. It is sure to attract the eye of any child. "The Peace Book" is a perfect book for introducing young children to the concept of peace. It also teaches, or reinforces, lessons in kindness, tolerance, individuality, and self-love. In addition to all the above, this little book even touches on connecting with nature and being environmentally conscious.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2011

    not worth it

    the illustrations are colorful and are fine but the story and the narration could be improved.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

    My friend Todd

    My 3 year old daughter, Isabella, and I listen to this book as well as 'The I Love You Book' every night. Isabella loves when ' her friend Todd' reads it to us :) Thank you for creating such beautiful books!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

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    todd parr rocks!

    my girls can't get enough of this book. todd parr has been consistantly giving us positve messages and wonderful storytelling. thanks ....psssst can you do more read to me books todd ?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    poor narration

    great message but as another said, very poor narration

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

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    hgh guug

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    like your a teacher teachers dont post

    da

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    great theme

    Great book but the read to me voice is a huge dissapointment. It sounds robotic without any animation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2011

    Peace to the world!

    A great book to share in a classroom. My students loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2007

    Great book to teach different meanings of peace

    My 3 yr old son loves this book. We've read it so many times that he can 'read' it on his own just looking at the pictures. The idea of 'peace' is covered in many different ways.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2005

    Excellent Book

    My 2.5 year old son asks to hear this book every night at bed time. It's a wonderful book to teach children in a fun way how simple things in life are meaningful. Todd Parr is fantastic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Great Book!

    My daughter was given this book as a gift. She took it to school for her "share" one week and her teacher just loved it! We bought this one for her class.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2008

    A true vision of peace for a child...

    We LOVE this book. Our daughter--now 1 1/2--has loved it since she was an infant, because of the bright beautiful pictures. We love the inspiring yet kid-friendly ideas of making peace in our daily lives, and beyond to everyone in the world. Love the illustrations, love the text. A perfect peace book for a child!

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