PPBF – Peace

In a week during which we celebrate two major religious holidays, Passover and Easter, and with Ramadan starting soon, I thought this is the perfect time to feature today’s Perfect Picture Book.

Title: Peace

Written By: Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul

Illustrated By: Estelí Meza

Publisher/Date: NorthSouth Books/2021

Suitable for Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: peace, social action, wildlife preservation, rhyming

Opening:

Peace is a hello, a smile, a hug.

Brief Synopsis:

An exploration of the steps even the youngest kids can take to foster peace.

Links to Resources:

Why I Like this Book:

Featuring an inclusive group of children, including differently-abled children, this rhyming concept book is a wonderful way to explore with young children the meaning of peace and to offer examples of how they can help promote it. From simple actions, like smiling and making the effort to pronounce a name correctly, to saying “I’m sorry,” Peace provides many examples of everyday actions even the youngest among us can take to promote peace.

As the Pauls note in the Authors’ Note and as is evident in the illustrations, peace building doesn’t just affect people. In times and areas of conflict, nature and animals suffer. Especially during Earth Month, with the celebration of Earth Day coming up soon, I find this message an important reminder that our actions, good and bad, affect not just other people but our entire world.

Meza’s soft palette and folk-art inspired illustrations feature animals with the children in every spread. The end papers include peace trees with the word “peace” featured in many different languages, and there’s a lovely fold-out double spread at the end.

Whether at home or in a classroom or library setting, I think children and their adults will enjoy reading and rereading Peace and sharing its hopeful message, that we can all help foster peace in our world.

A Note about Craft:

In rhyming couplets, the Pauls define an abstract concept, peace, in ways that provide concrete examples to even young children of how to promote peace. And nowhere in the text do they explicitly mention that actions that promote peace also help the natural world. Rather, they mention that in the Authors’ Note and leave space for the illustrator to include the many birds, fish, and other animals that benefit when humans live in peace.

This Perfect Picture Book entry is being added to Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book list. Check out the other great picture books featured there!

6 responses to “PPBF – Peace

  1. The cover illustration with its bright colors drew me in. I love the idea of a book that shares the many ways we can all promote peace. It’s true that a smile can do so much. I’m looking forward to reading this book.

  2. What a beautiful book that has been on my radar for some time. So glad to read your review. I love the Paul’s picture books. It is the perfect weekend to share it!

  3. Gorgeous cover! And I love the idea that even the youngest children can find ways to foster peace. I’ll have to check this one out.

  4. I am looking forward to reading this book. It sounds so beautifully made. And to your point about the illustrations, it’s really wonderful when an illustrator gets a chance to add an entire through line to a book that’s never mentioned explicitly in the text. Thanks for a great review, Patricia!

  5. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for such a wonderful review. Perfect weekend for this book! Thanks.

  6. Sue Heavenrich

    Oh, what a delightful cover. I hope to read this one soon. We can certainly use a little more peace in the world.

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