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Kindergarten-Grade 3—This classic song was written in 1955, and now Diaz's luminous artwork brings it to life for picture-book audiences. The artist's depictions of world peace symbols support the lyrics such as the Turtle (South Pacific); Crane (Japan); Lamb (Mediterranean); and, in one case, a current symbol of peaceful struggle, the Women in White (Cuba). They are depicted with joined hands, their cloudlike dresses float across a blue sky, their black shoes dangling over the orange and yellow houses below. Like stitching, the words flow along their white skirts: "With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow…." The song includes "With God as Our Father," which may make this book more suitable for public libraries; however, ultimately, though, the words insist upon the responsibility of the individual to make peace, and to "let it begin with me." Used by the United Nations and UNICEF, the song's history should assuage any hesitation by school librarians to add it to their collections. The CD contains 12 peace-themed, secular songs. The arrangements are airy and fun for children. Samples may be found at www.lettherebepeacecd.com. A brief bio of the songwriters and a description of the song's conception and its flourishing are appended.—Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA
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In 1955, (Sy) Miller and (Jill) Jackson created this popular ballad, which has since been recorded by numerous artists and performed around the world. Diaz, whose credits include a Caldecott for Smoky Night (1994), has created sumptuous and colorful computer-generated artwork in his bold signature style to accompany these inspirational lyrics. —Booklist magazine

There has never been a better time to think about peace, or to teach our children how to create it. This book and song remind us that we each have a vital role to play in making the world a more peaceful place.—President Jimmy Carter

Every person is born with a gift to contribute to Paradise Earth. Jill and Sy Miller gave us their gift of music to help achieve peace! In this wonderful book, their story is told and their music can be heard. Let There Be Peace on Earth will become a classic found in every library and home on earth.
—Dr. Robert Muller, Former UN Asst. Secretary General
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press; Har/Com edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582462852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582462851
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jill Jackson, who had been collaborating with her husband Sy Miller on songs for many years woke up one morning with the line "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me." Sy quickly began to compose the melody for this now famous and touching song. The song quickly took hold and "in 1955, a group of 180 teenagers of different races and religions . . . locked arms, formed a circle, and sang a song of peace." The book, amidst the vibrant swirling art work, carries the lyrics and more than twelve international symbols of peace.

"Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me;
Let there be peace on earth the peace that was meant to be.
With God as our Father, ____ Brothers all are we;
Let me walk with my brother, ____ In perfect har-mo-ny.____"

This book is a beautiful tribute to the composers and their vision for peace, a peace Jill felt started with the individual. In the back of the book there are descriptions of twelve peace symbols scattered throughout the book. There is mistletoe (Scandinavian), grass (Eastern African), the loon (Pacific Northwestern America), the dove (universal), the palm tree (Middle Eastern), the women in white (Cuba), Yin and Yang (China), the white poppy (British Commonwealth), the doe (Tibet), the turtle (South Pacific), the crane (Japan), and the lion and the lamb (Mediterranean). This amazing book is accompanied by a twelve-track CD. The first track is a vocal of the theme song, the last is an instrumental. The music and lyrics are printed in the back of the book. If you'd like to hear a beautiful clip of this song, check out Vince Gill's "Let there Be Peace On Earth" CD here on Amazon. This is a beautiful book you won't want to pass up!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Talalay on September 22, 2009
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It's hard to believe that this lovely song about peace all started at a high school retreat in 1955 and has since spread throughout the world as an anthem for peace, love and understanding. Brilliantly and beautifully illustrated, this is a perfect introduction to the concept of peace for young children or a reminder to ourselves how important peace is. This book comes with a 12-song CD with the title's classic song.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By abbey on September 18, 2009
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What a wonderful book and CD! Am ordering several as Christmas and Chanukah gifts. The music is great, the book gorgeous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Alaska on September 14, 2009
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This book is beautiful and timeless. A big surprise is that it comes with a full length music CD of music by the same authors. Our kids love it!!
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By T. Love VINE VOICE on June 4, 2012
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Let There Be Peace on Earth is indeed a beautiful song. This book illustrates it well. It comes with a CD so you can play the CD and sing along by reading the book - a perfect combination. It teaches children how important it is to live peacefully and in harmony with each other, appreciate the differences of each individual and realize that we each have the ability and responsibility to create peace in this world. I don't believe this is just for children either, adults really seem to like it as well. I know I do. It is a beautiful and necessary reminder that all of us, as individuals, are able to create a much more peaceful planet by just starting with our own little corner of the world and watching the effects ripple across the earth.
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