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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316043494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316043496
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2–For children, the concept of peace can be a difficult one to understand, and Parr makes an admirable attempt to explain it. He relates the notion to making new friends, listening to different kinds of music, and helping your neighbor. Where he stretches it a bit is with sentiments such as, "Peace is wishing on a star" or "…watching it snow," even if the images are tranquil. Bright primary colors and bold black outlines define cartoonlike characters (animal and human) with smiling features. A helpful and engaging book that's sure to spark discussion.–Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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PreS-Gr. 2. Parr offers another blazingly colored, upbeat celebration of diversity in this picture book that seems directly descended from the Peanuts characters' familiar declarations of "Happiness is . . ." On each page, Parr features a different definition of peace: offering a hug to a friend, keeping the streets clean, and so on. The closing message ("Peace is being who you are") is illustrated with Parr's usual multicultural mix of blue, green, brown, yellow, and purple faces. This does echo greeting-card sentimentality, but Parr's boldly outlined, bright images are as cheerful as ever, and his broad interpretations of peace could start discussions with children trying to wrap their minds around such an abstract concept, widening this book's audience to a slightly older age group than Parr's usual preschool fan base. Gillian Engberg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Todd Parr is the author and illustrator of more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. His books are available in over fifteen languages throughout the world. He is the co-creator of the popular children's television show ToddWorld. Todd grew up in Rock Springs, Wyoming. In 1984, he became a flight attendant for United Airlines and lived in Chicago and Honolulu. In 1990 he moved to San Francisco, California where he pursued a career as an artist. After being rejected by many galleries, Todd showed his artwork at Wolfgang Puck's restaurant Postrio. This exhibit led to him creating merchandise for Macy's and his children's clothing line. Todd published his first book in 1998. In 2005, the preschool television show he co-created, ToddWorld, premiered on TLC and Discovery Kids. He uses bright colors and bold, black outlines to illustrate his books which contain simple messages about acceptance, difference, and empowerment. Todd's books have won several awards and his TV show, ToddWorld, was nominated for three Daytime Emmy® awards. Todd lives in Berkeley, California with his family Pete, Tater Tot and Jerry.

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Good message for peace in the world.
Ron Packard Jr.
The illustrations are adorable and the message is as simple as that: love, love.
L. Bieber
My 18 month old daughter LOVES this book!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By L. Gillen on December 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I found "The Peace Book" one day when I was just looking around the bookstore, not really planning on buying anything. The cover is bright and colorful and since my children and I had read some of Todd Parr's other books I had to pick it up to see what he had written this time. I loved it so much that I bought multiple copies- one for myself, one for a relative and one for my son's Kindergarten teacher. It is a lovely book... Simple, colorful pictures, and simple, but touching and meaningful words. The idea of peace, especially in a time when our country is at war, can be hard to explain to children and I found the things that Mr. Parr writes about to be a beautiful way to express what peace can be. My personal favorite is the page for "Peace is being free", but each line and the pictures that go with them are just wonderful. This is the kind of book that you hope kids can take something from, and I highly recomend it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Thurber on November 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I stumbled across this book at the library. I checked it out and I am telling my friends about it for their own children and grandchildren. This conveys the variety of different expressions of concerns about peace and justice. The concepts are presented in ways that children can understand: "peace is sharing a meal" "peace is keeping the streets clean." These are the moral values I value. The writing and illustrations are fun.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Lush on April 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Quiet and subtle, The Peace book doesn't have a hidden agenda. It has a message of love and tolerance and how easy it is to make a small difference in a big world.

I bought ten copies and all ten are going to adult friends.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Indy Family on August 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book. Not only is the sentiment lovley, the pictures are bright and bold, and appealing to little kids of all ages. We began reading it to our daughter when she was just a few months old, and she enjoyed the illustrations and the soothing text. Our three year old loves it as well, and we have wonderful discussions about what "peace" means to different people. I have given it to coutless friends as a baby gift, and everybody has raved about it! Really, you can't go wrong here - just order it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A.Marie on February 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Perhaps this book should have been called "some nice and diverse things to do and help the earth while you're at it book." My kids are 5 and 7 so perhaps they're too old to enjoy the simplicity of this book; for me, most of it just didn't translate as peace. For example, "Peace is traveling to different places" - uh no, that's just traveling. If a 19 year old goes to Aruba for spring break, that's not peace, it's a 19 year old going to Aruba for spring break.

I gave the book 3 stars because I don't want to be harsh on a book that promotes kindness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Dunn on September 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love this book and have bought 4 copies of it to give as gifts. I originally stumbled across it in a store and gave it to my niece for her 2nd birthday. Since then each time my wife and I have been presented with the need for a gift for a small child we have come to Amazon and bought the book. I also got one for our church's childrens library. The pictures and colors are great. One line of text per page and the message is awesome. In a world where "Peace" is so often defined as the absense of war, it is nice to see a book with many interpretations that help to define the word for children in positive terms, not by what it is not.

"Peace is having enough pizza in the world for everyone!" What kid won't understand that?

The book also comes in two sizes. Both are fine, but if you are planning on using it to read to a group of children (at church, school, or a library) I would recommend the larger size.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Bieber on June 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We received this as a Christmas present for our daughter and we all enjoy it tremendously. I'll never forget reading it to her as a toddler and coming to the page where the boy and his dog are thinking of each other and her saying "he loves the dog, the dog loves him. love, love.. two loves!" The illustrations are adorable and the message is as simple as that: love, love. I highly recommend this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Auntie on September 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A four year old boy seems to think if you are for peace you can't enjoy the power rangers and other toys with weapons. This book explains what peace is. This four year old boy seems to get it.
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