A Little Peace
Author: Barbara Kerley
Pages: 32
Publisher/Date: National Geographic/2007
ISBN: 1426300867
Age Levels: 6 and up

Book Review

A Little Peace is a visually stunning book with an important message. The spare, refreshing text winds its way around and through full-color photographs. Each vividly captures the universal emotions and peaceful pursuits of everyday people around the world: a young girl in Kenya smiling into a mirror; a group of waving schoolchildren in Bali; two old men relaxing in a marketplace in Afghanistan.

Near the end of the book a double-page spread offers thumbnail pictures of each photograph presented along with an explanation of where it was taken.

In the afterword, Richard H. Solomon, President of the United States Institute of Peace writes the following:
One of the most powerful tools in the promotion of peace is education. Education can promote the values of tolerance, mutual understanding, and respect for others. It can unlock the peace that lies in our hearts.
We couldn’t agree more.

Classroom Uses: This title is an excellent springboard for a unit, lesson, or just a discussion on the theme of world peace.

Reviewed by the teachers at Education Oasis
©2007 Education Oasis

About the Author

Barbara Kerley is a former Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal and now lives in northern California with her husband and daughter. She wrote this book with a conviction that we each can make a difference: "I believe that peace doesn't just rest in the hands of politicians and world leaders. We all have the power to make the world more peaceful."


Be sure to visit Peace Corps Kids World as well as the United States Institute of Peace.

For grades 3-5 read-write-think offers the lesson plan Peace Poems and Picasso Doves: Literature, Art, Technology, and Poetry.