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LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH by Jill Jackson

LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH

And Let It Begin with Me

By Jill Jackson (Author) , Sy Miller (Author) , David Diaz (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 10

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-58246-285-1
Publisher: Tricycle

A popular peace anthem makes its picture-book debut, with simple lyrics celebrating the hope for a better world. In 1955, a group of 180 teenagers linked arms and hearts and sang this song. It has since been recorded by numerous artists, strummed around campfires and used as a theme for UNICEF. In radiant, familiar Diaz style, peace symbols from around the world illuminate the text. Glowing white doves settle next to curling tufts of grass, while fiery red cranes fly overhead. Teaching world peace is inarguably worthwhile. But the purpose of this song isn’t to explain peace; instead, it is a call to individual action. The words “let it begin with me” are powerful—even children can do their part. Will the song resonate as much with young readers as it did with the original teenagers who first banded together? Likely not. But kids play a vital role in changing this world. The more quickly they learn that everyone can make a difference, the better. (CD, sheet music, history of song and composers, list of peace symbols) (Picture book. 7-10)