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 noticeundefinedsuch 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.
"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 )
"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." (School Library Journal, starred review
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 childrenundefinedall 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. (Kirkus)