Monday, September 20, 2010

International Day of Peace – September 21, 2010. - Nonfiction Monday.

I know!  Another International Day of… in this case, Peace.  There so many of these International Days of… that I was quite determined when I started blogging not to overuse them.  But I am finding that it is a great way to: 1. raise awareness and, 2. promote a favorite book or two, at the same time.

So, to point #1 – awareness.  This is a day that the United Nations  encourages all nations to observe a “day of global ceasefire and non-violence".  This year’s initiative is being pitched to kids, looking to hear how they are working toward a more peaceful world.
Point #2: One of my all time favorite books that I recommend time and again is What does peace feel like? by Vladimir Radunsky (303.66 RaW 2004 PIC BK).  It’s a highly descriptive way of looking at the concept of peace using metaphors and walking us through the senses at the same time.  To each of the questions: What does peace feel like? What does peace taste like?  …smell like?, etc.,children ranging between the ages of 8 and 10,  provide answers like, peace smells like new furniture or pizza and peace looks like a dog and cat curled sleeping together.

I like that a concept such as ‘peace’ is described in more concrete terms to help children understand what peace is all about.  Tying it to the senses makes for an opportunity to bring in science, too.

Doesn’t it make you wonder what the life of the child is like who connects peace to new furniture? 


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shelf-employed said...

A timely post for what sounds like a great book. Peace is surely under-represented in books and movies when compared to its nefarious opposite.

Tammy Flanders said...

You're so right. It's easy to find books and stories that are about war. These stories are important but peace sometimes gets less emphasis.
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