PEACE IS AN OFFERING by Annette LeBox

PEACE IS AN OFFERING

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Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A list of small lessons that, when added up, have a great impact.

Peace is so abstract that it’s a difficult concept to grasp. LeBox tries to make it concrete, encouraging children to practice small acts of giving, sharing and understanding every day. She follows a diverse group of friends as they find tiny moments of peace in the world around them. “Peace is an offering. / A muffin or a peach. // A birthday invitation. / A trip to the beach.” Peace is also found in the answers to some potentially scary questions: “Will you stay with me? / Will you be my friend? / Will you listen to my story / till the very end?” The pencil-and-watercolor illustrations are muted and comforting, often with a glow of warmth even on the rainy-day pages. LeBox then offers direct, child-friendly advice: “So offer a cookie, / walk away from a fight. / Comfort a friend // Through the long, dark night.” Even in tragedy (the text hints at the 9/11 attacks), peace can be found.

Affecting and heartfelt. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: March 10th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-8037-40914
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2015




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