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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  178 ratings  ·  65 reviews
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
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Aug 18, 2013 Sue rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
I read this truly wonderful book while visiting a friend today. she had brought it home from the children's room of the library where she works. It's essence is how to build peace one person, one heart, one home, one neighborhood at a time. It's filled with well chosen quotes taken from international civic, religious, spiritual, and literary people you (not your children) will recognize. And the art work is simple and lovely.

But who is this book really for. According to the inside cover, it's in
Richie Partington
Richie's Picks: PEACE by Wendy Anderson Halperin, Atheneum, January 2013, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-689-82552-1

"As I walk through
This wicked world
Searchin' for light in the darkness of insanity
I ask myself
Is all hope gone?
Is there only pain and hatred and misery?
And each time I feel like this inside
There's one thing I want to know:
What's so funny 'bout peace love and understanding?"
-- Nick Lowe

"Peace begins with a smile."
-- Mother Teresa

I am sitting here, smiling, patiently waiting for a couple of my y
A simple poem is at the heart of this picture book about peace. Each line of the poem forms the basis of a page of the book and is also accompanied by other quotes about peace that bring a wonderful depth to the entire read. As one reads, it almost becomes a chant about peace, a reverberation of the power of peace, and when one finishes that peace lingers for a long time. When I finished the book, I immediately wanted to do two things: start all over again and also research some of the quotes an ...more
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 waterc ...more
Tina Andrade
Halperin, W.A., & Chaghatzbanian, S. (2013). Peace. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division.

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Picture Book Soak. (One I can't wait to use with students.)

An illustrator wasn’t mentioned, but it stated it was designed by Sonia Chaghatzbanian. I’m not sure if that means the same thing. This book is incredible beyond words. Honestly. I am consumed with the concepts of consideration, equality, kindness, compassion, empathy, and everything else i
I found this book while looking through the non-fiction section at the library. I loved the illustrations in the book and the message was simple for children to understand. This book talks about how world peace is up to each nation, city, neighborhood, school, home and in our hearts and how each is truly interrelated. Within the illustrations there are quotes about love, sharing, the environment, peace, life, beauty, etc. It would be a great book to read aloud to younger students but yet the old ...more
Dana Beyer
On this International Day of Peace I think this is the best picture book adults can share with young people in their lives. It can be read on many levels. For each wat to peace, the is the most amazing artwork by the author and she also includes some creative drawing of children to illustrate their yearning for PEACE.
For there to be PEACE in the world there must be peace in the nations. For their to be peace in the nations there must be peace in the cities. For their to be peace in the cities th
The message is wonderful and the illustrations are beautiful, the addition of all kinds of quotes adds impact but sometimes they are hard to read.
This is really beautiful.
Emily Beasley
Fiction "Twin Text":
The Most Important Gift of All, David Conway, Copyright 2006.
Rationale for Selection:
I selected this book as a fictional twin text for Peace because of the themes of love, family, community and togetherness represented in both books. In The Most Important Gift of All, Ama's younger brother is born and she sets off to find the most important gift she can give him. Eventually she discovers that gift is love, and experiences what love looks and feels like first hand. While Peac
Judy Desetti
Amazing book.

The illustrations are beautiful and evoke a peacefulness. Many small illustrations fill the double page spread. Between the vignettes the white space has wonderful inspirational quotes from famous leaders both religious and political, poets, and others I have not heard of before from around the globe and through the ages from Mother Teresa, Confucius, Albert Einstein, and more about kindness, peace, and living life.

The concept is peace.... The book creates a full circle of how to
How would you like a book that could be read a double-page at a time, starting important conversations each week for a long while? Following the eternal question asked in the Tao Te Ching, How can we bring peace to the world?, Halperin adds to that question by adding answers like ‘for there to be peace in the world, there must be peace in nations’, and then ‘peace in cities, neighborhoods, and on, until she arrives at our hearts. This is an important book, each page filled with beautiful quotes ...more
A very inspirational book about peace and what needs to happen to make it possible. It begins by saying, "For there to be peace in the world...there must be peace in nations. For there to be peace in nations, there must be peace in cities." And so on...

Each page has several quotes that offer advice on how everyone can play a part in promoting peace. Here are some examples:

"See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil."--Japanese Proverb

"Seek to build not destroy."---Neale Donald Walsch

"Education is
Soft, muted colors quietly draw the reader into this book about Peace. The book is dedicated to your senses: To Seeing, To Touching, To Smelling, To Tasting, To Hearing. The font chosen for the books is “Love Ya Like A Sister.” It opens with, “For there to be peace in the world” and then each two-page spread is a visual delight that covers a topic. Famous quotes about peace, and additional text share how we can find peace in many places around the world. As Jimi Hendrix said, “When the power of ...more
although beautiful and meaningful the words read outloud would not be understood by young children. But direct quotes from past and present leaders of peace are shared. Loved the pictures and would be good for a discussion with kids in maybe 3rd grade and up.
A very beautifully illustrated book with many important and timely quotes on how we can achieve peace among ourselves, our cities, our neighborhoods...

Words alone do not do this book and enjoy the pictures while you let the quotes settle in your soul peacefully.
Sharon Lawler
Detailed water color and pencil illustrations represent the notion of world peace, from nations to cities, neighborhoods, schools across the globe. Multiple panels on each double spread are separated by quotations from diverse cultures.
Sandy Brehl
I've had this book in my TBR pile for more than two weeks, but opened it on the day I needed it most. All the lovely descriptions in the world pale in comparison to the effect it can have at the right moment to the right person. I've collected quotations and lines of text since I was very young. These well-selected and placed lines of timeless text begin with a brilliant dedication to the five senses and concludes with a back cover quotation from Mother Theresa: "Peace begins with a smile." With ...more
Ms. Barry
Loved it. Each page offers illustration and quotation to inspire observation, reflection, and discussion. Loads of potential in this one as an individual reader, lap reading, group reading.
Ashley Cain
In order for there to be peace in the world, peace begins at individuals' hearts. Great for students starting to understand the meaning of peace. Includes famous quotations.
Peace is a learned cycle. The author breaks down the cycle and builds it back up again with quotes on the topic of peace from great thinkers, writers etc of our time. Each two page spread is laid out like a story quilt with quotations appearing between watercolor and pencil illustrations. The total effect is calming and thoughtful.

A special treat is a two page spread of artwork created by students from various schools in Michigan (all are credited at the end of the book).

This is a book that nee
The message is great, but I found the many little pictures and quotes going every which way very overwhelming and took away from my enjoyment of the book.
elle & esme gosling
This book is inspiring and beautiful; an intercultural journey, through images and quotes, that ties into the global vision of peace.
I don't know how this never was added to goodreads, but I love this book, particularly the illustrations.
Jen Traub
I loved how the author blended the quotes and the pictures. Beautiful.
Illustrated in fine detail and full of quotes on peace this book will be great for teachers doing units on activism, community, diversity, and so on.
This book is absolutely wonderful. It features quotes from many peace-makers, from Nelson Mandela to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to stars from popular culture. These short phrases are easily discussed with children and easy to memorize.
It could be the basis of a class discussion about acceptance, love, and peace; or it could be a bedtime book for parents who want to share positive messages with their children.

Everyone - adult and child - would do well to give this book a few minutes of their ti
This is a beautiful book about promoting peace in your world, your nation, your city, your neighborhood, your school, your home, and your heart. It is filled with quotes about peace from writers, educators, politicians, philosophers, spiritual leaders, and more. The illustrations tell a story of their own. There is one two-page spread featuring student artwork. Students will look at this over and over - there is so much detail that it can't be taken all in during one reading.
Karen Arendt
This is a beautifully simple look at peace. "For there to be peace in the world there needs to be peace in nations. For there to be peace in there must be peace in the cities". The pages continue until the peace comes to the smallest level- the heart an pd then reverse back to the largest world. Quotes about peace are sprinkled about on each page. Some of the illustrations are done by schoolchildren and include soft pastel illustrations.
One of the most beautifully illustrated books I've seen in a long time. Inspiring quotes from countless people weave through these pages and make you feel as if you are on a journey that's progressing too fast and all you want to do is slow down and enjoy the scenery. Each drawing is incredibly detailed, the kind of book you'll look at over and over again and find something new each time.
Definite Caldecott contender.
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Wendy Anderson Halperin is a published author and illustrator of children's books and young adult books. Wendy has studied painting and anatomy at Syracuse University, Pratt Institute, and under the tutelage of David Hardy. In the 70's Wendy worked as an Art director before moving into her present work as a teacher. She trains educators, librarians, as well as attends conferences and workshops. Am ...more
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