Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 80

Picture Book: Peace, Baby!

Author: Linda Ashman

Illustrator: Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Summary: Conflict resolution in verse is the appeal of this delightful picture book. Here young children’s situations of conflict in the home or classroom are used to illustrate more peaceful alternatives than verbal or physical aggression. With each offering is the suggestion to try or say, “Peace Baby.” Eventually the arenas of peacemaking broaden to interactions with all sorts: parents, teachers, strangers, and all of creation.

Hanna’s Comments: This is a fun, clever book aimed at reducing conflict among young children by giving them conflict resolution and peacemaking strategies along with a new, fun phrase. Being able to deal with strong feelings is a crucial skill that will benefit everyone in your religious community.   

Publisher & Date of Publication: Chronicle Books, 2013

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 3 and up, Pre and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: Tablet

PBT Category: Fresh off the Press

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: acceptance, anger, anxiety/worry, choices/decisions, community, conflict, gentleness/meekness, God's will, mistakes, pacifism/peace/peacemaker, problems/problem solving, resisting evil, self-control, sin, temptations, tolerance

Scripture Connections: Peaceable Kingdom (Isaiah 11:6); blessed are the peacemakers (Matthew 5:9), live peaceably with all (Romans 12:18)

Idea(s) for Application: Use this in a religious childcare center along with a lesson on God’s desire for us to live peacefully.

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