by Miranda Paul (Author) Estelí Meza (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Peace is on purpose. Peace is a choice. Peace lets the smallest of us have a voice. From a hello and pronouncing your friend's name correctly to giving more than you take and saying I'm sorry, this simple concept book explores definitions of peace and actions small and big that foster it. Award-winning authors, Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul, have teamed up with illustrator Estelí Meza--winner of the 'A la Orilla del Viento' the premier Picture Book Contest Award in Mexico--to create an inspiring look at things we can all do to bring peace into our lives and world.

"This picture book takes a huge concept like peace and makes it completely approachable for young readers." - Mutually Inclusive Blog

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Starred Review

Gr 1-2--Charmingly illustrated, this striking picture book informs young readers of the benefits of peace and that it is attainable for each of us: "Peace is on purpose. Peace is a choice. Peace lets the smallest of us have a voice." Delivered in perfectly scanning rhyming couplets, this important lesson is easily understood in the words that define peace and in the engaging illustrations. Round-face children in a wide variety of skin tones and hair colors mix and mingle with one another and with insects and animals from around the world, including lions, rabbits, bears, zebras, and birds. Bright colors decorate the pages with round-topped trees and flowers along with smiling animals and youngsters. Some of the animals pictured are symbols of peace, such as cranes and the doves holding an olive branch, and some are critters considered naturally peaceful: pandas, koalas, penguins, and butterflies. The authors' note at the end tells of how war affects not only humans but also the animals living in the midst of conflict and how peace can help repopulate devastated areas. VERDICT A valuable, necessary lesson that beautifully defines peace for children and their adults.--Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek P.L., WI

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A visually splendid primer on peace.— "Kirkus Reviews"
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Northsouth Books
Publication date
March 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV002000 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | General
JUV039120 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Prejudice & Racism
JUV074000 - Juvenile Fiction | Diversity & Multicultural
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
Interpersonal relations

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