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Peace Begins with You

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Explains, in simple terms, the concept of peace, why conflicts occur, how they can be resolved in positive ways, and how to protect peace.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published September 1990)
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Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Robert R. Ingpen is one of my favourite illustrators and this is the main reason I'd picked up a copy of this book from a little free library.

As a children's picture book, Peace Begins with You is a comprehensive book on peace. It talks about inner peace, world peace, big conflicts, small conflicts, mediators, etc. It talks about needs and wants and how conflicts arise. It gives the reader ideas on how to become a peacemaker.

The major turnoff for me is that this book is thoroughly didactic --
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-booklist

"Peace can feel warm, bright, and strong or calm, cool, and gentle."

"Peace is being allowed to be different and letting others be different from you."

"There are always choices to be made. Some choices threaten peace. Some choices protect it."

"Peace is not a gap between times of fighting, or a space where nothing is happening."

"Peace is something that lives, grows, spreads and needs to be looked after."

Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
this was gifted to me in 5th grade and it's my 3rd time reading it and it always feels like the first time ...more
Ashley Cousin
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The first thing I noticed about this book was the size and the illustrations on the cover. The book is a smallish square and not your typical size of a picture book. The illustration on the front is of two kids eating and feeding a bunch of seagulls. When opening the book up the end pages are of a mute cream color and the title page is that same color with the title printed in bolded black ink. However, by far the most interesting part of the book for me was the illustrations. I loved how each d ...more
Krista Rey
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is such a great introduction to peace and promoting it in this world. It describes what peace looks like, feels like, smells like etc. It talks about peace in many different situations. It talks about how peace is having the things you need and hope to have. It also talks about how peace is about knowing that you are loved by family or friends. It is also about being different and letting others be different from you. It goes on to talk about because people are different the ...more
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Grade/interest level: Upper Elementary/Middle School
Reading level: AD840L (
Genre: Informational
Main Characters: n/a
Setting: All around the world.
POV: narrator

"Peace Begins with You" is an informational text that breaks down the concept of peace into simplistic but power terms. The narrator explores various aspects of peace such as having what is needed for survival, smaller things that people want, hope and opportunity for success and happiness, etc. The book also explains that peac
Tara Sheehan
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book on what peace is and what it entails. I thought it was one of the more powerful children's books that I have read, and I was amazed by the illustrations. The layout of the book is more squared than your typical horizontal or portrait layout. The endpages are cream and very basic. The illustrations are extremely realistic, detailed, and beautiful. The technique of cross-hatching is used and emphasizes the shadows that are created, making it even more realistic. The text ...more
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Why hadn't I looked at this sooner?
This is something that I ended up considering for a long time at the university (conflict resolution studies).
In fact, I'd probably better examine some of the philosophy texts from those courses through this medium eventually...

As the description details: this is a simple way to consider peace. This book is much easier to handle than the philosophical pandering I have hidden a few rooms over.

This book doesn't get into why peace is often not an option, but i
When talking about what Peace is, this book offers an idea of what peace feels like. It is a reminder of how some of the choices we make affect others. The vocabulary may be an obstacle for some children, but overall I believe this book can be used in grade levels 3 and up. I enjoyed the book and wanted to read it to a group of 2nd high risk 2nd graders, but I changed my mind, because I did not have the time needed to fully explain all the terms. (Could be used when learning about Martin Luther ...more
Mar 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Picked this book up to share with my children and discuss.

Illustrated by Robert R. Ingpen. There is one picture I found particularly disturbing -- I believe it is a person throwing a "molotov cocktail" (homemade bomb). I am curious whether the children will notice what is happening. They certainly will not have context to understand this, but they may be able to figure it out. If so, I think it will be particularly provocative for our discussion.

Other illustrations in the book are lovely -- ev
Mackenzie Rodeghier
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book does a nice job of depicting that peace can mean different things to different people. I found the illustrations to be a little creepy, but overall I think this book was good! It would be a great resource to have in a classroom to teach children the value of peace!
Aug 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
This book has some great ideas for children but is a written on a level that is challenging for children to read and comprehend.
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Excellent examination of the issue of peace and the choices involved.
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful. We read this as a family monthly.
Jun 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
great text
Mar 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
A simple presentation of what peace means and how we can each contribute to it.
Stephanie Whitley
Great message. Good read aloud for the beginning of the school year. Illustrations aren't very up to date. ...more
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