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Peace Book
by Todd Parr
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2004 (2004)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Todd Parr does it again. In The Peace Book, he gives us an inclusive, multicultural perspective on peace from a child's eye, in vibrant colors. It begins 'Peace is making new friends', showing kids (in all hues) holding hands.

Peace is many things in this bright picture book, from 'keeping the water blue for all the fish' to 'reading all different kinds of books', 'giving shoes to someone who needs them' (that caterpillar certainly did!), 'watching it snow', and (my favorite) 'having enough pizza in the world for everyone'. It ends, 'Peace is wishing on a star', followed by 'Peace is being who you are' (with faces in every color of the rainbow, and a delightful variety of hair and hat styles).

This is Todd Parr's best yet. It celebrates diversity, the environment, community, harmony, compassion, and charity. The book's cheerful, hopeful messages will resonate with adults, as well as the kids who read The Peace Book with them.

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