cover image Peace Begins with You

Peace Begins with You

Katherine Scholes. Sierra Club Books for Children, $15.95 (39pp) ISBN 978-0-316-77436-9

In this slim, timely volume, an Australian author-artist team tackles the concept of peace--not an easy thing to define for adults, let alone for children--and does so with resounding success. Scholes articulates her ideas clearly, without slipping into condescension or cliche, and empowers children through suggestions of steps they themselves can take to become peacemakers. The book is designed for thoughtful examination and discussion; teachers, for example, who are interested in including conflict resolution in a curriculum will find this book ideal. The muted colors of Ingpen's subtle paintings illuminate the prose and give the subject the dignity it deserves. Ages 6-10. (Sept.)