Talk Peace

posted Nov 11, 2009, 10:08 PM by Dan Thiede   [ updated Nov 11, 2009, 10:15 PM ]
By Sam Williams
Illustrations by Mique Moriuchi
Holiday House Press, 2005

This charming picture book is a simple rhyming picture book that appeals to young children. The illustrations by Mique Moriuchi are vibrant, colorful, warm and inviting. The book encourages us to think about peace in all our actions and words at different times and places.

Discussion: This is a great book to engage children in a discussion about how peace is created. Some questions you could ask prior to reading the book or after might be:
  • What do you do to help yourself be peaceful?
  • What can you do when you are feeling angry if you want to actions to be peaceful?
  • How do we create peace between friends and family members?
  • How do we solve problems between friends and family members peacefully?
  • Can you think of a person you know that is very peaceful? What do you notice about their words and actions?
Emerging Readers: If you have an emerging reader reading this book you could notice the rhyming words and any spelling patterns with those words. There are many words that have the long e sound but they are spelled with an ee or ea. Ask students or your child to sort these words in to ee spellings and ea spellings.  Play a spelling game where you say the word and the students/ your child get a point if they tell you if the word is spelled with ee or ea.

Creating Art: For the artist in all of us, this is a great book to create a poster using scraps of paper, scissors, and glue.  Cut out the letters for “Talk Peace” and glue them in the center and then create different symbols and scenes around the words by gluing scraps of different colored paper together.  Cut out paper will give it a similar feeling to the illustrations in the book.  The poster can be put in your classroom, in your room, on the refrigerator….anywhere that might help everyone think about peaceful thoughts, words and actions!

Find this book
Click here to buy this book directly from the publisher
Click here to find a local book store near you on IndieBound

Book review by Kevin McGee