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)