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PEACE, BABY by Linda Ashman


by Linda Ashman ; illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: May 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4521-0613-7
Publisher: Chronicle

When things aren’t going right, what’s the best reaction? Peace, baby!

“Sasha, bouncing on the bed, / conks you on your sleepy head. / You could hit her, or instead / try peace, baby.” When life squeezes you or when your friends or classmates don’t act correctly, what should you do? There’s a lot you could do to escalate the situation, but there’s one response that’s sure to cool things off. “Sofie, racing toward the snack, / nudges Nora, pushes Zach. / Should they elbow Sofie back? / Nah, peace, baby.” Kids and toddlers are admonished in gentle rhyme to use their words, share the cookie or just offer hugs. “When you want to push and shout, / hoot and holler, punch or pout, / breathe in slowly. Let it out… // Say: Peace, baby!” Ashman’s rhythmic text and repeated refrain will quickly work its way into little listeners’ minds, and they will likely recognize the situations described on each double-page spread. Lew-Vriethoff’s Photoshopped pen-and-ink illustrations have the look of watercolors, and kids of many colors will find themselves represented in the happy (and not-so-happy) multiethnic youngsters in the city- and townscapes.

Excellent advice in a sweet and easy-to-swallow package. (Picture book. 2-6)