Peaceful Pieces

Peaceful Pieces

Poems and Quilts About Peace

Book - 2011
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A collection of poems about peace by Anna Grossnickle Hines, accompanied by illustrations that feature homemade quilts.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805089967
0805089969
Branch Call Number: j811.54 HIN NVD
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 x 25 cm

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 24, 2012

When Peaceful Pieces works, combining a great poem with a great piece of art, there’s nothing that can top it. Occasionally, however, the poems don’t live up to their visual accompaniment. Still it’s an original take on something we’ve seen done numerous times before. And since it doesn’t look as if war and violence are going away anytime soon, books of this sort will continue to be sought out time and time again. An original that serves a need.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 24, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 24, 2012

“O peace, / why are you such / an infrequent guest?” In twenty-eight poems Anna Grossnickle Hines seeks to answer that very question and to come up with solutions to some close-to-home problems that kids face all the time. Set against a backdrop of handmade quilts of her own making, Hines tackles both the big questions and the small. A boy considers what would happen if he frightened away a deer, while another stands nose to nose with his sister until their anger is forgotten and somebody laughs. One poem shows that if you say “peace” over and over again the word turns your lips into a smile. They discuss the domino effect and the role of fear as it relates to violence. Through it all, the quilts capture these poems and reflect them like cloth prisms. Notes at the end of the book list some Peacemakers of the world (everyone from Jimmy Carter to Dorothy Day, and even a couple kids as well) and a section called “Peaceful Connections” discusses the creator’s quilting process.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 24, 2012

“O peace, / why are you such / an infrequent guest?”

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