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Grade 4-8–This handsome volume highlights 16 individuals who have worked to improve conditions for others through their words and actions. Included are writers, philosophers, Civil Rights advocates, and politicians, many of whom are Nobel Peace Prize recipients. The book focuses on celebrated individuals such as John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, Cesar Chavez, and Elie Wiesel. Also covered are those newer to recognition, such as Wangari Maathai, who works for conservation in Kenya, and Aung San Suu Kyi, who fights for democracy in Myanmar. The well-written, single-page vignettes provide an interesting glimpse into the lives of these people and will pique readers curiosity and encourage them to learn more. Each biography is surrounded by an eye-catching border and faces a full-page illustration and quote from the subject. Made from fabric, etchings, watercolor, and found objects, the collages reflect Zalbens interpretation of these individuals, and the appended notes explain the various symbols and materials in the pictures. For example, Mahatma Gandhis entry mentions his 1930 Salt March to end an unfair law, while the illustration depicts an abstract beach scene sprinkled with real sea salt, and Indian paper borders the text. The accomplished, vibrant artwork and the graceful narrative clearly express each persons character, approach to life, and accomplishments, making this an enticing introduction to a diverse group of peacemakers.–Hope Marie Cook, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic
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Gr. 4-7. In one-page biographies, Zalben profiles 16 world peacemakers, ranging from Emerson, Gandhi, and King to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a political prisoner in Myanmar, who remains under house arrest. Beautiful collage borders frame the text, and opposite each biography is a full-page picture, a composition of watercolors, photography, cut paper, and found objects, that expresses the individuality of the activist. Zalben's brief, fascinating art notes at the back explain her choice of^B materials for each picture. The focus is very upbeat. In fact, the piece about Anne Frank gets downright mushy, and the picture for Princess Diana, a heart with roses and a beatific child, looks like a greeting card. Better are the illustrations for Chavez, a collage of parents and children picking crops under the sun, and for John F. Kennedy, a sailboat skimming an open sea under starry skies. Readers will be moved by Zalben's comments, which reveal that many of her subjects trace their activism from a challenge, an event, or individual they encountered during childhood. A glossary, a bibliography noting a few titles for each individual, and a list of general resources are appended. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1150L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (March 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525477349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525477341
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born in Queens/NYC. Award-winning author/artist of over 50 picture books and YA novels. Latest novel is FOUR SEASONS (Knopf/Random House) Lives and works Long Island/NYC. Writes, paints, and travels to schools throughout the world speaking on children's books of which she is passionate about.

Magazine article: "Portrait of An Artist as a Young Mouse"on MOUSTERPIECE: a mouse-sized guide to modern art (Roaring Brook Press/ Macmillan) in "Children & Libraries" / The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children 2013 ALA/ALSC Winter Issue. Pgs 16-19. Abstract art activities suitable for teachers, librarians, and parents related to this book are at the end of the article and bibliography of my top ten books on becoming an artist. Article also appears on my website under the articles category: www.janebreskinzalben.com

MOUSTERPIECE was deemed Caldecott-worthy and discussed at Calling Caldecott: this is the link:
http://www.hbook.com/2012/09/blogs/calling-caldecott/here-we-go-again/

Blog interview by Julie Danielson. http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=2419
Blog interview: http://artstomarket.com/introducing-modern-art-to-preschoolers-mousterpiece/

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By silky69 on May 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book gives me chills to read. It makes peace so simplified and pure. I would recommend it for both adults and children. THe 1-page biographies of people who have helped change our world or inspired us toward peace are captivating. There is a beautiful illustration on the page opposite their biography that accompanies a quote about peace from that famous person. The illustrations are awe-inspiring. Everything about this book is truly beatiful. It makes peace seem so simple, yet, at the same time, it brings me to ask why is peace so hard to achieve in this world? The bottom line is that we must look toward ourselves for peace before we can look toward others. It begins with us as individuals. I love this book. It's beautiful in so many ways.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jewish Book World Magazine on October 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Zalben guides us through the lives of 16 people who have dramatically pursued their individual paths to peace over the span of the past 200 years. Each figure's life is smartly analyzed and consolidated into a one-page presentation that provides a compressed and worthy view of their importance towards creating peace in the world.

Three elements will draw in a young reader on every double-page spread: the synopsis of the famous person's life, a quote, and Zalben's artwork, which is reflective of the person's unique impact on the world. The book enables teachers to introduce a collection of peacemakers and present a wide range of themes while laying the foundation for the continued study of a particular individual or cause.

Opening with Emerson, and including Gandhi, Bunche, Mother Teresa, The Dalai Lama, Sadat, Maathai and others, there is no Jewish content specifically. The three Jewish individuals include Einstein, Elie Wiesel, and Anne Frank. The care exercised in choosing not only well known names, adds depth to the project. A glossary, art notes, a bibliography, and further readings and resources are included. For ages 9 - 12. Reviewed by Christine Maasdam
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on November 1, 2008
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This book is not just for children. The artistry and layout is exquisite and suit the key quotation and story of each peacemaker. I work in a high school and use it as a resource and 'coffee table book' for students to pick up and browse through. 'Paths to Peace' is a teaching tool and a sign of hope for out world today!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judilyn Duba on October 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My classroom has found this book to be a insuration to make changes in their lives.
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