I DREAM OF PEACE by UNICEF

I DREAM OF PEACE

Images of War by Children of Former Yugoslavia
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Age Range: 9 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Art and words from the youngest victims of a war in which ``harming children has become a strategy'' (according to an introduction by UNICEF's executive director), created during therapy and counseling and thematically grouped: ``Cruel war,'' its images chillingly similar to battle scenes drawn by young Americans, but informed by a terrible authenticity; ``The day they killed my house,'' even more hauntingly specific; ``My nightmare,'' fantasies generated by real fears; and ``When I close my eyes I dream of peace.'' Most of the pieces are by 10- to 14-year-olds, identified by given names and towns; pictures have descriptive titles (``Mama, wait for me!''; ``Fear''; ``In detention camp'') and are usually matched with words by another child. Cruel events recalled with artless simplicity, telling images (``War is the saddest word...a wicked bird that never comes to rest''), ordinary childlike yearnings (``wish list'': ``Jeans: Levis 501...''), and fervent hopes add up to a telling indictment of this or any war and an eloquent plea for peace. A handful of b&w photos make the children still more real; Maurice Sendak prefaces the US edition with a powerful homily. A book that deserves the widest possible distribution. (Nonfiction. 9+)

Pub Date: May 10th, 1994
ISBN: 0-06-251128-9
Page count: 80pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1994