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Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace Hardcover – December 1, 2009


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Grade 1–3—How does a seven-year-old who has not yet mastered whistling achieve world peace? He begins with the easy stuff and works his way up. First, Paulie starts "being kind to small animals. Then bigger animals. And bigger. And bigger still." Then he apologizes to his sister. At school, he is nice to everyone, even the principal, and hands out cupcakes to help resolve conflicts. Having established peace at home and at school, he is ready to expand his horizons. With the help of his family he goes on a "world tour" around town with a van full of cupcakes to distribute to appreciative crowds. Although world peace is a serious issue, Proimos's tongue-in-cheek approach makes the "can do" message fun and child friendly. The text is short and snappy with only one or two sentences on most pages. The simple cartoon drawings, filled in with color, have attitude and personality that matches the tone of the text. Creative page layouts and artsy fonts give the illustrations added energy. This is a great read-aloud, especially for a unit about social issues or character development.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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In spare, droll text and pictures that evoke Jules Feiffer’s work, this title offers an amusing look at compassion and the power of cupcakes. Young Paulie is “nothing special . . . no more special than you are,” but things change after he begins to connect with the natural world, showing kindness to animals and even “reading to trees.” Soon, Paulie moves on to people, making amends with his sister and sharing his lunch with a classmate; and when he discovers that cupcakes can resolve disputes, his peace-making ambitions grow. Together with his dad, he visits nearby businesses that have globally-themed names (Furniture World, Toy World), bringing “cupcakes and peace to all,” until he finally heads home for some well-deserved sleep. The peppy, colorful cartoon art incorporates witty, sometimes hyperbolic details. Some kids may miss the tongue-in-cheek, punny plays on world peace, but the positive story conveys how small, individual actions can have a large, ripple effect. Wry, sweet inspiration for spreading goodwill. Grades K-3. --Shelle Rosenfeld
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 390L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316032921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316032926
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book works great as a read aloud. It has a great message, I mean who can argue with achieving world peace? The illustrations are made for group sharing, it's not too long and it has cupcakes in it... Perfect, right? Well, mostly. A couple of things to note about this book:
This book really is for school age kids, I think even some first graders won't get the tie between Paulie giving folks at "Tire World" cupcakes and achieving "World Peace". It's funny for adults, but the kindergardners through 3rd graders I read it to just kind of gave me a blank look.
The part near the end where the parents toast their "incredible boy" left me feeling kind of funny - I mean does a kid have to take cupcakes to half the town to get parental approval? It just reads a little strange.

All in all this is a good book. I probably won't read it to any more groups (just from an entertainment standpoint), but I would think if you were doing a unit on character development, etc... that it would be useful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrea L. Brooks Kinder on March 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am always on the look-out for good read-aloud stories of the appropriate length and vocabulary to reach a mixed audience of adults and kids in a religious setting. This one exemplifies many of the Zen guiding principles with humor and images that will reach a fair distance. The story is fun and is empowering for showing how one person can make a difference - if effort is put forth. (The sister won't forgive the protagonist without a contrition action - saying sorry isn't enough.)
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Format: Hardcover
Paulie didn't look like much in his orange shirt, green pants and blue shoes. To top it off he had hair that stuck up all over the place. In fact he was a very special boy even though he was only eight. When he was seven, he had "achieved world peace." Now that was really something. He'd done all kinds of amazing things up until that point like eating an "entire pizza in one sitting" and had been "kissed by a girl." No matter that it was his Aunt Margie, but achieving world peace was something else again, especially since he was just a regular kid at heart.

He was kind to animals little, little, a little big bigger, big, bigger yet "and bigger still." He watered plants and read to trees. He even listened closely to the tales of the river. He apologized to his sister, who would have "none of it" until he made her "the most fantastic doll he could." Forgiveness was his. He brought his kindness to the classroom and started to listen, share, sing and "offered compassion to those in need." He could laugh at himself and cry with others. There was one thing that he discovered that could instantly alleviate any misunderstanding. Just what was this sweet little thing he offered to create world peace?

Paulie Pastrami gives us a simple, but very heartfelt lesson in how to be empathetic and compassionate toward other people. This is one of those books that on the surface seems a bit comical and silly at times, but has some wonderful messages hiding in its pages. The artwork is a bit Simpsonish at times, but is somehow very appealing. This book can be read for fun or would be one of those idea books to read and discuss in the homeschool or classroom setting. A few "simple acts of kindness" can go a long way according to Mr. Pastrami!
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Format: Hardcover
Paulie Pastrami could not be more charming as he works to achieve world peace before bedtime, teaching readers that kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity go a long way toward making the world a better place. Highly recommended.
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By Kathy Buelt on April 18, 2014
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Just the book we were looking for. Kids at our school so far really like it. Just wish more than one book to purchase was available.
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By ginny gilman on February 7, 2014
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A good lesson for children of any age that one person has the power to make great changes for the better
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