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Peace Week in Miss Fox's Class Hardcover – March 1, 2009
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Kindergarten-Grade 2—The students in Miss Fox's class have been squabbling for days, so their teacher declares "Peace Week." The children decide that there will be no fighting or saying mean things, and that they will help others for an entire week. The rest of the book consists of various ways in which a child is tempted to engage in bad behavior but consistently chooses the high road instead. When Squirrel's sister complains about him bouncing nuts against the gate, he bounces marshmallows instead. When Bunny wears her yellow sweater and Polecat calls her "Bunny-Banana," she does not retaliate. In each case, the perpetrator of the mean remark or action is instantaneously and unrealistically reformed. Kennedy's watercolor, ink, and dye illustrations feature an endearing cast of animal characters with expressive faces. The book could generate some discussion about making positive choices; otherwise, it's an additional purchase.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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Tired of all the squabbling in the classroom, Miss Fox declares Peace Week: no quarrels, don’t say mean things, help others. The message is overt in this lively picture book, but it never gets too heavy as the animal cast carries out the teacher’s instructions. Caught by the angry standoffs and hurtful confrontations in everyday life, kids will welcome the scenes of reconciliation. Of course, the quarrel scenes are exciting: “Is not!” “Is too!” Squirrel wants to yell back when his big sister yells at him, but he doesn’t. Mouse wants to ignore the little kids who are quarreling in the sandbox, but instead she joins in and helps them make a bigger, better sandcastle. Baseball fans supporting opposite teams taunt each other, and then smile, “Good game.” The celebratory ending––make every week Peace Week––may be pushing the theme, but the common scenarios make this a fun story that will open discussions with bullies, victims, and bystanders. Preschool-Grade 2. --Hazel Rochman
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What a great book to use in a classroom or family situations where there are disagreements.. It is definitely a springboard for discussion for problem solving through difficult, often emotional situations. It may not solve the problems, but I feel it could definitely open up communication.
My favorite thing about this story is when Miss Fox's class decides to change their ways they still see bad behavior going on but don't allow themselves to get sucked into it. That's a great little life lesson. You will always see conflict happening, but you have a CHOICE to not get involved. This would be a great book for grades K-2. The illustrations are cute and it's always great to have a book like this for behavior management.