A look at 12 Nobel Peace Prize winners in a package that is as beautiful as it is inspiring.
The book begins with a brief introduction to Alfred Nobel, who had quite a contrasting life. He invented dynamite, which was later used in weaponry and war, but Nobel is also associated with a prize dedicated to a long-lasting contribution toward peace. Winter chooses 12 recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize to explore in chronological order. Each winner is dedicated a spread with a stunningly patterned illustration on one side and a block of text on the other. Jean Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross, is the first ever recipient and the first explored in depth. Winter also explores some well-known figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, and Malala Yousafzai. Interspersed are some lesser-known winners, such as Fridtjof Nansen, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, and Shirin Ebadi. A young, brown-skinned girl in a bright yellow and turquoise dress is hidden in all of the illustrations, peering up in wonder at the larger-than-life winners. The saying “Peace is…” repeats throughout, with the end of the phrase individualized for each person.
Designed to impart a bit of history but also to encourage readers to question what peace means to them. (map) (Informational picture book. 7-12)