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Somewhere Today: A Book of Peace

by Shelley Moore Thomas
Photographed by Eric Futran

Published by Albert Whitman, 1998
24 pages
ISBN: 0-8075-7545-3

Ages 3 - 7

An uncomplicated text about a complicated subject contains only 11 short sentences. Ten of them begin with the words, "Somewhere today someone is...." These ten sentences define ten distinct peace-making actions, such as "...being a friend, instead of fighting...planting a tree where one was cut down...learning to do things a different way." The words on the final page are "Maybe it is you." An assemblage of uncaptioned photographs reproduced in full color illustrates each of these actions, inviting readers to figure out or find out more about each example. The children and adults pictured suggest glimpses of racial, cultural, age and gender diversity. The author's selection of seemingly ordinary actions and her understanding of how young children might begin to think about the idea of peace are no doubt informed by her role as a teacher of first and second graders. CCBC categories: Issues in Today's World.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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