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PreS-Gr. 2. Parr offers another blazingly coloured, upbeat celebration of diversity in this picture book that seems directly descended from the Peanuts characters' familiar declarations of "Happiness is . . ." On each page, Parr features a different definition of peace: offering a hug to a friend, keeping the streets clean, and so on. The closing message ("Peace is being who you are") is illustrated with Parr's usual multicultural mix of blue, green, brown, yellow, and purple faces. This does echo greeting-card sentimentality, but Parr's boldly outlined, bright images are as cheerful as ever, and his broad interpretations of peace could start discussions with children trying to wrap their minds around such an abstract concept, widening this book's audience to a slightly older age group than Parr's usual preschool fan base. Gillian Engberg
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A beloved, bestselling Todd Parr picture book - now for the first time in paperback!
Todd Parr has created more than 30 books for children and the Emmy-nominated animated television show, ToddWorld.
Todd Parr's The Peace Book is a timely explanation of the term for young readers living in a sometimes uneasy world. In the neon-hued, cartoon landscape, peace can be anything from "keeping the water blue for all the fish" to "wearing different clothes" (the picture shows two girls, one in funky bellbottoms, the other in a traditional burqa) to "having enough pizza in the world for everyone." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
K-Gr 2-For children, the concept of peace can be a difficult one to understand, and Parr makes an admirable attempt to explain it. He relates the notion to making new friends, listening to different kinds of music, and helping your neighbor. Where he stretches it a bit is with sentiments such as, "Peace is wishing on a star" or "-watching it snow," even if the images are tranquil. Bright primary colors and bold black outlines define cartoonlike characters (animal and human) with smiling features. A helpful and engaging book that's sure to spark discussion.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.