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A Little Peace
     

A Little Peace

by Barbara Kerley, Richard H. Solomon (Noted by)
 

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The latest National Geographic Children's Books title by Barbara Kerley, A Little Peace, gives a richly evocative and thought-provoking view of the world our children will inherit. Wise words and moving images offer a unique and enriching experience for every young reader. According to author Barbara Kerley, "I believe that peace doesn't just rest in the hands

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The latest National Geographic Children's Books title by Barbara Kerley, A Little Peace, gives a richly evocative and thought-provoking view of the world our children will inherit. Wise words and moving images offer a unique and enriching experience for every young reader. According to author Barbara Kerley, "I believe that peace doesn't just rest in the hands of politicians and world leaders. We all have the power to make the world more peaceful."

The book juxtaposes photographs from around the world with a simple, reflective message about our responsibilities for finding and keeping peace on the planet. Like the highly acclaimed titles A Cool Drink of Water and You and Me Together, this beautiful children's picture book features superb National Geographic images accompanied by a brief, poetic text on a subject of global importance. All the photography is reproduced in miniature at the back of the book with geographic, historic, and cultural context and details explained. A world map leads readers to the location of each image. A Little Peace offers a vital lesson for children everywhere.

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School Library Journal

Gr 1-6 - What does it take to spread a little peace? Richard Solomon, President of the U.S. Institute of Peace, states in an afterword that the responsibility "...does not rest with governments and organizations alone; it is also the work of individuals." This simple, beautiful photo-essay demonstrates this philosophy. The colorful pictures are supported by limited, yet powerful text, illustrating how each person can work to achieve peace. Children from around the globe highlight simple actions, such as lending a hand, sharing a smile, and making friends. A concluding spread identifies the city and country where each photo was taken, and a postscript on the organization is included. Sharing this book with youngsters should spark discussion.-Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA

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Kirkus Reviews
Kerley offers beautiful images of harmony and love from around the world. "All it takes is one hand," the economical text begins, next to a picture of a dark-skinned hand holding a yellow flower. Readers should be able to immediately identify the evocative photographs with National Geographic. There are boys playing on a beach in Guadeloupe, choir members creating a joyful noise in Louisiana, Buddhist monks performing a whirling meditative dance in Bhutan (this is an overhead shot), a young girl in the Mekong Delta flashing a peace sign, etc. Short phrases thread the images into a global tapestry. Educational bonus at the end: A two-page spread features a map of the world with the locations of the pictures identified, as well as thumbnail descriptions of each picture's locale. Then an essay, from the president of the United States Institute of Peace, Richard Solomon, makes a plea aimed at educators. At 1,000 words per picture, it's a weighty little tome. (Picture book. 4-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426300868
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
05/08/2007
Series:
Barbara Kerley Photo Inspirations Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
344,285
Product dimensions:
9.48(w) x 11.21(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Barbara Kerley's previous National Geographic books include A Cool Drink of Water and You and Me Together. Her book The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins was a 2002 Caldecott Honor book and her acclaimed Walt Whitman: Words for America won an American Library Association Sibert Honor Medal for informational books. She is a former Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal, and she now lives in McKinleyville, CA.

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