This is a lovely poem about peace. I could hear her voice in my head reading. Reading this made me want to read more by her so I picked up I know WhyThis is a lovely poem about peace. I could hear her voice in my head reading. Reading this made me want to read more by her so I picked up I know Why the Caged Bird Sings when I saw it on the shelf. I guess my "TBR" pile is getting bigger."
I also found a video of her talking about this poem on the Today show. She talked about us having and bringing inner peace with us and gave the example of staying peaceful even in traffic. It totally reminded me of this quote, "Why choose to be angry? It won't change them, and then I'm angry, which is no fun for me." Kweli from Golden Boy p243...more
It is nice to see a book focusing on people who are heroes based on something other than physical strength or celebrity. ReaReview copy from Netgalley
It is nice to see a book focusing on people who are heroes based on something other than physical strength or celebrity. Readers quickly see that these are strong individuals who worked for change through influence. There were many commonalities with these six people as they made incredible change happen without violence.
These were some amazing heroes. I do wish that we saw a bit more of their foibles though. In a biography, I like to see that a person is definitely not perfect because then they seem more real. Also, when I can see their everyday issues, then their deeds seem more attainable for a common person. That said, it is still incredibly inspirational. It encourages that spirit of working for peace because readers will see how much one voice can do.
Though teachers are often looking for lengthier biographies for reports, I think this format, a collection of related biographies, would be a great mentortext for a similar project - one that could shake up the old and a little tired biography assignment of reading one 150+ page book about one person and writing a report. It might be nice to have students find people who have something distinct in common like this.
Pinkney's narrative is interesting and full of rich detail. I especially appreciated learning about Dorothy Day and Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, two women I was unfamiliar with before reading this book. I will be happy to add Peace Warriors to our collection.