Peace

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This lavish and lyrical picture book based on the Tao Te Ching ponders the eternal question: How can we bring peace to the world?

Radiating tenderness and reflecting the influence of eastern philosophies, a compilation of exquisite illustrations and wisely chosen words reveals the heart of where peace truly must originate: within ourselves. The beautifully intricate artwork, with tiny, precisely rendered details of life across the globe, complements the spare and powerful text ...

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Overview

This lavish and lyrical picture book based on the Tao Te Ching ponders the eternal question: How can we bring peace to the world?

Radiating tenderness and reflecting the influence of eastern philosophies, a compilation of exquisite illustrations and wisely chosen words reveals the heart of where peace truly must originate: within ourselves. The beautifully intricate artwork, with tiny, precisely rendered details of life across the globe, complements the spare and powerful text that includes quotations from famous peacemakers. And with each reading, you’ll find something else to notice—such as the visual storylines that subtly play out across the pages.

Poetic and soothing, Peace is a masterful exploration of the true path to world peace and serves as a perfect springboard to discussions about bullying, conflict resolution, and right actions.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Halperin (Planting the Wild Garden) combines spreads that evoke stained glass with simple, aphoristic statements about how peace grows ("When there is peace in our hearts, there will be peace in our homes"). Watercolor-and-colored-pencil spreads, divided into smaller panels, show miniatures of the world's children with quotations from figures like Mother Theresa running decoratively through and around them: "Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person." A child sits next to a donkey underneath a crescent moon; an Asian child and a white-bearded grandfather look at a computer together. Children demonstrate with placards ("Girls can be scientists, too!"), help each other with homework, and bend over buckets, doing chores. Many spreads show animals and plants alongside humans: it's clear that for Halperin, peace can come only when humans live in balance with the Earth. Although some of the quotations will be beyond the comprehension of younger readers ("Slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures"), the main text is simple enough that repeated readings may have children reciting along. Ages 4–8. Agent: Alyssa Eisner Henkin, Trident Media Group. (Jan.)
Booklist
"The symmetry of the layouts and the clean beauty of the pencil-and-watercolor artwork, with its images of children, families, flower, and fauna, spans the globe and creates pleasing effects throughout the volume...Here’s one to pore over and ponder."
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* "This lovely, uplifting title is meant to be pored over and could be used as a starting point for important discussions about bullying, racism, nonviolence, and many other topics."

"The symmetry of the layouts and the clean beauty of the pencil-and-watercolor artwork, with its images of children, families, flower, and fauna, spans the globe and creates pleasing effects throughout the volume...Here’s one to pore over and ponder."

Booklist
"The symmetry of the layouts and the clean beauty of the pencil-and-watercolor artwork, with its images of children, families, flower, and fauna, spans the globe and creates pleasing effects throughout the volume...Here’s one to pore over and ponder.
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
The message is clear: Peace on earth begins with peace in the heart. Peace in the heart leads to peace in homes, schools, neighborhoods, cities, nations, and the world. Small colored pictures are intertwined with sayings from famous people. Confucius says, "What you do not want done to you, do not do to others." A quote from Mark Twain reads, "Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it." The pictures at the beginning show estrangement and are in contrast to pictures later in the book, which in the same settings, showing friendship and connection. The beginning picture of peace in cities shows a subway car with a young man seated while an old man with a cane stands; this is in contrast to the later picture in which the young man gives his seat to the old man. The first picture of peace in homes shows an old woman washing the dishes while a girl lies on the sofa. The later picture shows the girl washing the dishes while the old woman dries. The illustrations show people of various races and countries. Parents and children may have difficulty catching on to the contrast between the pictures at the beginning and ending of this book, but this book may lead to some interesting discussions. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
Kirkus Reviews
It is difficult to teach the concept of peace, especially through words alone. Wisely, Halperin buttresses her words visually. Halperin pulls readers in by letting them create their own stories. In the first half, when the narrator explains what must be done ("For there to be peace in nations, / there must be peace in cities"), small, detailed vignettes show people around the world in trying circumstances. Readers see anger, loneliness, bullying and more. But when the structure switches and works its way from the microcosm back out ("There will be peace in our cities / when there is peace in our nations"), readers can find resolutions to all the problems of the previous pages. Halperin invites children to pore over the colored-pencil drawings, carefully inspecting each miniature storyline to imagine what happens. In the first nations/cities spread, for example, one vignette depicts an old man with a cane walking past a full bench on a subway car; in the second, a boy has stood to give him his seat. Quotes from noted peacemakers wind in ribbons around the vignettes. The center spread, which declares the ever-earnest advice that peace must start in our hearts, includes drawings from actual children--all of which hopefully inspire readers that they can make a difference, no matter how small. Soft-spoken, yet powerful; Halperin not only tells, she makes readers think, which is the best way to learn. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689825521
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 345,600
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Anderson Halperin is an acclaimed artist who has illustrated dozens of books for children, including Let’s Go Home by Cynthia Rylant, Soft House by Jane Yolen, and Turn, Turn, Turn! by Peter Seeger. She lives in South Haven, Michigan.

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