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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
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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 0.1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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The Peace Book is one of several books for young children by Todd Parr on important topics. It is colorful and provides many good ideas to help young children understand the idea of peace at a level they can relate it. Parents and pre-school teachers can use it to read to children and help them gain an appreciation of books and an understanding of the larger world around them.
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Bought this book as gift for my daugher's preschool class as it is exactly the kind of message that young kids should hear. The kids love the bright and colorful illustrations and can connect with the simple concepts of "peace."
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Anything that teaches children about peace, kindness and tolerance, especially across different cultures, is a winner in my book (pun intended!). My 4 and 6 year old daughters love this book, but we love all of Mr. Parr's work!
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This is a great book. It is very good for kids. Easy for them to understand what peace is. I have read this to many many kids when I teach. I highly recommend this book. The message and illistrations are wonderful. Good for k-2.
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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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