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Based on the Eastern philosophies of the Tao Te Ching, a lyrical picture book explores the eternal question of how to promote world peace and shares inspiring quotes from famous peacemakers while counseling readers on how to find peace within oneself.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780689825521
Branch Call Number: J 172 .42 HAL
Characteristics: [32] p. :,col. ill. ;,29 cm


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forbesrachel Jun 08, 2015

A wonderful vision for mankind and a dear wish for peace on Earth. Two things make this book unique, the first is the arrangement of the illustrations. Every spread looks like a piece of stained glass. Elegant in its shapes, with each bit of "glass" showing a different scene based on the topic of that page. Most show people, but there are decorative and symbolic elements as well, such as: homes, ecosystems, and the patterns on creatures. The Earth itself is on every page. These pencil and watercolour illustrations are often separated by white strips containing famous quotes also relevant to the page. It is through the wisdom of others, like Confucious, Nelson Mandela, and Jimi Hendrix, that the author hopes to get across her message of peace. This reliance on quotes to back the relevance of the message is the other special aspect. The author's own words amount to a single sentence per page. She starts with the broad perspective of the world, narrows it down step by step until she reaches "our hearts", then does the opposite, expanding the view until we are right back at the beginning. Cities beget peace in neighbourhoods, but neighbourhoods can do the same for cities. This is the cumulative nature of peace, but it is an attitude that requires hard work to foster. Halperin's book is a reminder of the possibilities. This is the world we could live in. Her illustrations are full of diversity: different cultures, genders, ages, and abilities. It is a world where everyone receives an education, little kindness occur all the time, and people protect nature and live in green places. It is our home, and if we work together, it could become a place of harmony, respect, and peace.

lms Feb 25, 2013

This is a wonderful book for kids and adults alike. Small amount of text but big in meaning

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