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When I Grow Up, I Will Win the Nobel Peace Prize
The boy in this book is having trouble admitting - much less closing - the large gap between his aspirations and his everyday actions. This boy knows that when he's older he will love his neighbor, but for now he's all too happy to pick on his sister. This boy even knows that one day he will be given the Nobel Peace Prize: for standing up to bullies, helping the poor, prot ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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A child thinks about all of the good things he'll do when he grows up, which will lead him to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. In between, he is shown doing the opposite of those things. By the end, though, he does get started by treating his sister(?) better. Before I got what was happening in that last picture, I thought that the story was mocking idealism, but from the flap copy it sounds like the actual point was that it's hard to know how to begin working toward one's aspirations. In that cas ...more
Sep 03, 2014 Josianne Fitzgerald rated it liked it
5 stars for the text, 4 stars for the illustrations, 3 stars for the disconnect between text and stars. I get that that disconnect provides room for discussion with children, but children might not on their own.