A sparsely written but lovingly illustrated book with a powerful, and empowering, message.

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I CAN SEE PEACE

Children reveal how they find peace in everyday moments in this picture book by Penshorn (The Barnyard Buddies STOP for Peace, 2017) and debut illustrator Keith.

This poetic work emphasizes images over words, opening with attractive, painterly full-color illustrations. Several early pages feature cartoon-style pictures of a child or children, their features rendered with soft edges, as they experience a sense of peace, and these images are accompanied by simple, evocative sentences. One girl faces the ocean, which features dolphins; two friends in an urban setting sit on a sidewalk, bird-watching. Other kids similarly find peace in nature—a sunny, flower-covered meadow; the night sky; a farm in the woods; or even a stream in a city gutter. They find peace in other people, but also conflict among them, so they seek out books or use mindfulness techniques to find peace again. The featured children have skin of various hues; one uses a wheelchair, and another is in a hospital. As a result, a wide range of young readers will be able to find representation in these pages. An extensive afterword helpfully shows adults ways to use the book to engage with youngsters, and the final two pages provide sheet music for Penshorn’s song “I Smile at Myself.”

A sparsely written but lovingly illustrated book with a powerful, and empowering, message.

Pub Date: Sept. 21, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-9988691-3-1

Page Count: 34

Publisher: Growing Communities for Peace: Smart Tools for Life

Review Posted Online: Feb. 26, 2019

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Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit.

THERE'S A MONSTER IN YOUR BOOK

From the There’s a…in Your Book series

Readers try to dislodge a monster from the pages of this emotive and interactive read-aloud.

“OH NO!” the story starts. “There’s a monster in your book!” The blue, round-headed monster with pink horns and a pink-tipped tail can be seen cheerfully munching on the opening page. “Let’s try to get him out,” declares the narrator. Readers are encouraged to shake, tilt, and spin the book around, while the monster careens around an empty background looking scared and lost. Viewers are exhorted to tickle the monster’s feet, blow on the page, and make a really loud noise. Finally, shockingly, it works: “Now he’s in your room!” But clearly a monster in your book is safer than a monster in your room, so he’s coaxed back into the illustrations and lulled to sleep, curled up under one page and cuddling a bit of another like a child with their blankie. The monster’s entirely cute appearance and clear emotional reactions to his treatment add to the interactive aspect, and some young readers might even resist the instructions to avoid hurting their new pal. Children will be brought along on the monster’s journey, going from excited, noisy, and wiggly to calm and steady (one can hope).

Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5247-6456-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: June 5, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2017

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CINDERELLA

This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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