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Author: Todd Parr

Illustrator: Todd Parr

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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Each page offers an explanation of what peace is, where you'll find it, and how to achieve it. This is a story that lays out in simple, recognizable terms, all of the facets that comprise peace.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 6

Age of Child: Started reading with child 3 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He was very interested in reading this for about a week. Our preschooler liked the colorful drawings … and kept asking about everyone's name.

Adult Reader Reaction: The concept is great, but it is not much different than reading one of the "Love is" collections we had as kids. We tired of it more quickly than our preschooler.

Pros: The pages are colorful and the illustrations are simply presented. Perfect for the target audience.

Cons: The single-sentence-per-page narrative gets old, fast.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, especially if you're a teacher. Even without a story, the book offers great opportunities to open discussions about what kids think/feel, as well as celebrating individual uniqueness.


Educational Themes: The book offers a nice way to introduce the ideas of tolerance, as well as the importance of self-esteem.

Literary Categories: Fiction - poetry, picture book, self worth, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2004

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