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“The common scenarios make this a fun story that will open discussions with bullies, victims, and bystanders.” —Booklist
“Kennedy’s watercolor, ink, and dye illustrations feature an endearing cast of animal characters with expressive faces.” —School Library Journal
“This gentle lesson on the Golden Rule is enhanced by Anne Kennedy’s delightful illustrations that capture the emotions of each character. The examples are universal and will appeal to all young children. An excellent addition to any picture book collection.” —Catholic Library Journal
“A good choice for teachers as a read-aloud for a precursor to studying peacemakers.” —Library Media Connection
Eileen Spinelli is the author of many books for young readers including Peace Week in Miss Fox’s Class and Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green. Eileen and her husband, author Jerry Spinelli, live in Pennsylvania.
Anne Kennedy has been illustrating children’s books for twenty-seven years. Her favorite subjects to draw are always animals, including her rescued dog, Banjo, and her pinto horse, Frisco. Anne and her husband, Jack, live in Ohio.
The students in Miss Fox's class have been squabbling for days, so their teacher declares "Peace Week." The children decide that there will be no fighting or saying mean things, and that they will help others for an entire week. The rest of the book consists of various ways in which a child is tempted to engage in bad behavior but consistently chooses the high road instead. When Squirrel's sister complains about him bouncing nuts against the gate, he bounces marshmallows instead. When Bunny wears her yellow sweater and Polecat calls her "Bunny-Banana," she does not retaliate. In each case, the perpetrator of the mean remark or action is instantaneously and unrealistically reformed. Kennedy's watercolor, ink, and dye illustrations feature an endearing cast of animal characters with expressive faces. The book could generate some discussion about making positive choices; otherwise, it's an additional purchase.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ