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Let There Be Peace: Prayers from Around the World Hardcover – August 25, 2009

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845075307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845075309
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2–5—Brooks has assembled a collection of traditional and modern prayers, many of them composed by people living in war-torn regions like Bosnia, Northern Ireland, and the Middle East. Selections written by St. Francis of Assisi, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Lao-Tzu round out the collection. By selecting prayers representing a variety of religions, Brooks reinforces his unifying message that people of different faiths actually share many of the same beliefs. In a brief introduction and subsequent explanatory notes, he expands upon this theme, reminding readers that peace begins on an individual level and that "we also need to live in peace with our world." One of the shortest but most powerful verses is a traditional prayer from Africa. "The world was not left to us by our parents./It was lent to us by our children." Although the verses address such adult themes as war, violence, world peace, and forgiveness, they convey important lessons for readers of all ages. Daly's subtle illustrations are painted in a varied palette of soft pastel and jewel-toned acrylics and feature people of many nations drawn in the artist's characteristic economical style. This title could be paired with Brooks's A World of Prayers (Eerdmans, 2006) and is a good supplement to more comprehensive volumes like Mary Joslin's The Lion Book of Best-Loved Prayers (Lion, 2008).—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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Starting with the cover image of multicultural figures curving around the earth, this picture-book collection of prayers sends universal messages of peace and global unity. Brooks, an English vicar, has pulled from diverse religious traditions on pages that feature Muslim, Native American, Jewish, Christian, Baha’i, Shinto, and Sikh prayers. Almost all of the selections are simple, immediate, and rhythmic, and some of the most powerful entries are written by children living in zones of conflict. Adults may wonder about a few attributions, as in two anonymous messages that “were written during the 1990s conflict, Bosnia”; an author’s note describing sources would have been welcome. Daly’s delicately rendered, brightly hued paintings greatly increase the impact of the words in scenes that acknowledge the realities of war even as they promote peace, as in one spread of soldiers fighting, while in the foreground, figures shake hands next to rainbow flags. Children of many backgrounds will be stirred by these prayers, which close with a call to action: “Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me!” Preschool-Grade 3. --Gillian Engberg

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Format: Hardcover
Around the world both children and adults alike have composed their own prayers of hope and peace both in wartime and times of calm. People in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and in the Middle East people of many religions have fought one another, but also have prayed. There are African, Shinto, Native American and Hindu prayers. One of the most famous of all prayers was penned by Saint Francis of Assisi, who loved all creatures large and small. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Satish Kumar had their own brand of peace prayer. What kind of prayers do you like?

"If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbours.

If there is to be peace between neighbours,
There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart."


This is a lovely, representative book of prayers from young and old around the world. Each prayer sends its own particular message from forgiveness, to unity, to protection and beyond. This book is beautifully illustrated and seems to capture the essence of both the good and bad of humankind. There are scenes of war and one of a concentration camp that some parents may feel a bit strongly about presenting to a younger child. One prayer states it was "Found beside the body of a Jewish child in a German concentration camp, 1945." Sy Miller and Jill Jackson's famous poem, "Let There Be Peace on Earth" is included. This is a beautiful compilation of prayers that many will enjoy discussing and sharing with their children! Shanti.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on March 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Reverend Jeremy Brooks searched all over the world for prayers asking for peace. He focused on finding prayers written by those in the midst of conflict.

I was very moved by the words, some spoken by millions, some spoken for hundreds of years, some spoken by a few.
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By dori mondon on May 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Found this in my local library. Will be buying a copy. I was deeply touched, and my daughter has been falling asleep the past few nights while i read these prayers. Wish it was still in print.
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