Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 234

Picture Book: A Little Peace

Author & Photographer: Barbara Kerley

Summary: This is a collection of photographs of people from various parts of the globe who are enjoying “a little peace.” Images of peace range widely from two English men in the snow tipping their hats to one another to a group of whirling Buddhist monks worshiping in Bhutan and then to an American military doctor cuddling a child who had been caught up in a battle. In the back you’ll find a world map and an explanation of each photo including details and location. The book ends with a note by Richard H. Solomon, President of the United States Institute of Peace.   

Hanna’s Comments: The concept of “peace” can be quite confusing for children. This book offers a variety of visual contexts so that you can explore the meaning of a word that can mean everything from an “overall sense of quiet satisfaction” to a “short lull in hostilities.” The word is used often in religious communities, especially this time of year in the Christian church as it is connected to Advent and Christmas. Check out the other picture books of photographic essays by Barbara Kerley which were offered on PBT Days 71 and 182.

Publisher & Date of Publication: National Geographic, 2007

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 5 and up, K and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: None at present

PBT Category: Non-fiction, Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: abundance/bounty, attentiveness/observation/seeing, beauty, Earth/world, geography, humanity, pacifism/peace/peacemakers, reverence, satisfaction, security, worship

Scripture Connections: For unto us a child is born… his name shall be called… Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6); Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace among those with whom he is pleased! (Luke 2:14); I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. (John 16:33); Now may the lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

Idea(s) for Application: For the children in your faith community, invest your time in a discussion about the confusing concept of “peace.” It will help ground them in rich meaning, even if they exit the conversation without being able to verbalize an exact definition of peace.

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