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One peace true stories of young activists
Publication Information:
Custer, Washington : Orca Book Publishers, 2008.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (50 pages) : illustrations
Target Audience:
1060 L
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Local Note:
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.


Material Type
Shelf Number
Ebook XX(1395652.1) 1

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One Peace celebrates the "Power of One," and specifically the accomplishments of children from around the globe who have worked to promote world peace. Janet Wilson challenges today's children to strive to make a difference in this beautifully illustrated, fact-filled and fascinating volume of portraits of many "heroes for today." Canadian Craig Kielburger, who started Free the Children to help victims of child labor at the age of twelve, has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Farlis Calle, forced to identify the body of a young friend -- a victim of her country's civil war -- started the Columbia Children's Movement for Peace. At age ten, Kimmie Weeks, a refugee from the Liberian civil war, came within a whisper of being buried in a mass grave. Almost miraculously he survived and vowed to make a difference in the lives of other children. At thirteen he established Voices of the Future, Liberia's first child rights advocacy group. Other portraits feature the accomplishments of children from Sarajevo, Japan, the United Kingdom, Cambodia, Afghanistan and the United States. These moving testaments to the courage and initiative of youth will inspire readers young and old.

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-The stories of young people who have been refugees from war, injured by land mines, or learned about the consequences of violence through other means are interspersed with children's poems, quotes, artwork, and photographs. The brief, powerful accounts document how these children ages 8 to 15 worked for or became symbols of peace. Most of them work with or have founded peace organizations to help spread their message. Wilson includes several of her own symbolic portraits of young peacemakers. This book won't give children an understanding of why wars are fought, but it's an impressive effort to cover a subject that doesn't get much attention, and it makes a good starting point for inspiring students to try projects of their own.-Rebecca Donnelly, Loma Colorado Public Library, Rio Rancho, NM (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

My siblings are dead / I cry and cry, / Nobody cares why. With photos, paintings, poetry, and quotes by and about children caught up in recent wars, from Cambodia to Liberia, each double-page spread in this picture book for older readers is a passionate call for peace, the end of suffering, and the need for change. Some of Wilson's original art has the feel of a too-sweet greeting card, and the images are particularly jarring when juxtaposed with the horrifying facts about children killed, traumatized, blown up by land mines, and displaced. Hope appears in the calls of young activists in North America and across the globe: the worst thing we can do is not do anything. Famous peacemakers are quoted, too, including Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Kofi Annan. Browsing the pages, readers will be caught by the personal vignettes, from the poem by a girl in Ireland to the photo of a terrified toddler sheltering from rocket fire in a Chechnya basement. Add this to the titles in the Core Collection feature Peace, Not War in the November 1, 2006, issue of Booklist.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2009 Booklist