Peace by Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul, illustrated by Estelí Meza


Peace by Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul, illustrated by Estelí Meza. NorthSouth Books Inc., 9780735844490, 2021

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? This beautiful book illustrates how a world of peace impacts animals and nature. I read the Author’s Note before reading the book and I am glad I did because I understood the intent behind this story. Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul explain how the country of Mozambique suffered greatly through wars. This impacted people who either died or had to flee the country, but it also negatively impacted the animals and their natural habitat. Through peacekeeping efforts, the community, animals, and the environment have been restored in this region. This book features some of the animals of Mozambique along with other animals that are cultural symbols of peace. The story offers simple gestures that people can do every day to work toward a more peaceful world. This includes greeting others, pronouncing someone’s name correctly, talking directly to someone, giving more than you take, and letting even the smallest person or creature have a voice. The pages are filled with beautiful illustrations of children and animals demonstrating small acts of kindness and children will learn from these examples.

I loved the illustrations provided by Estelí Meza, in that they are bright, colorful and very special. The pages are filled with all kinds of animals such as elephant, fox, rabbit, koala, fish, horse, dog, lion, zebra, bear, owl, and a dove with an olive branch that makes an appearance on every page. The illustrations feature children of different ethnicities and physical abilities which is important to see as well.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children ages two through six years old. Because the acts of kindness in this book are so simple, I think very young children will get something out of this story.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of two and and six years old. This story would be a great way to introduce discussions on peace to young children.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: March 25, 2021

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