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Children's LiteratureIn every way, every day, every place, children are encouraged to "talk peace." "On the street, when you meet, when you eat, when you play" day and night talk peace. The jaunty rhythm of the simple and brief rhyming text raises the spirits and makes one want to repeat the refrain of "talk peace." What a wonderful refrain to have engraved on one's brain! Moriuchi's mixed media illustrations have a refreshing simplicity that reflects the text; they show happy culturally diverse children playing and dancing hand-in-hand. Preschoolers will enjoy the variety of animals pictured throughout. The text can be read by primary grade students, but the book is also valuable as a way to begin a class discussion on creating an amicable environment and being a person of peace. Text and illustrations work together in their upbeat tone to remind us to eliminate the superficial and get back to basics. 2005, Holiday House, Ages 4 to 8.