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WHAT DOES PEACE FEEL LIKE? by Vladimir Radunsky Kirkus Star


by Vladimir Radunsky & illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-689-86676-3
Publisher: Anne Schwartz/Atheneum

Through simple words and pictures, this thought-provoking offering suggests some interesting answers to the titular question. Radunsky opens with children, adults, and one dog saying “peace” in different languages and ends with a listing of 192 of them from around the world. In between, his signature style on double-paged spreads asks how peace smells, looks, sounds, tastes, and feels. The vibrant gouache paintings work well with the text, created by Radunsky and a group of eight- to ten-year-old children from The Ambrit International School in Rome. Peace looks “like a cat and a dog curled up together in a basket,” it sounds “like everyone’s heart beating, making one big sound together” and it tastes “like your favorite food times two.” Perfect for sharing with children of all ages who will want to share their own visions of peace with each other, this is a soothing remedy to headlines of war and terrorism. (Picture book. 4-8)