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peace with ourselves   -   peace with each other   -   peace with the environment

©The Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation Sept 2012

Peace-building Stories are special stories that can be shared together by adults and children. Many of these stories are already published. Each story listed has been recommended by the Foundation and contains one or more of the following peace-building elements. These very special stories can be shared in many different ways-

  •  amongst family members

  •  in classrooms

  •  in library storytelling sessions

  •  with any children you love

......................................................... and now in our Peace Story Circles and Peace Story Forums.

The elements of peace-building stories

  •  happy endings

  •  everyone winning

  •  nonviolent resolution

  •  imaginative and creative

  •  challenge existing stereotyping

  •  faith and hope

  •  peace with the environment

  •  finding personal peace

  •  ...any element that supports the idea that peace is possible

    download latest 2012 list of recommended stories

In the coming months we will begin highlighting peace-building novels for teenagers and adults and also more stories for younger children.

Please let us know if you have any stories that could be presented.

 

Recently published peace-building stories

Our new 2012 additions

  Little Soul and the Sun by Neale Donald Walsch illustrated by Franco Riccio (Hampton Roads Publishing Co: Charlottesville VA USA 1998)

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This outstanding story can deliver a peaceful spiritual message to any person not only a child. Although religious in nature its universality of theme can be explored with any children as they begin examining deeper issues in relation to the meaning and purpose of life.  We highly recommend sharing this story.

(suitable for all ages) 

  Little Soul and the Earth by Neale Donald Walsch illustrated by Franco Riccio (Hampton Roads Publishing Co: Charlottesville VA USA 2005)

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The sequel to Little Soul and the Sun this story further develops the same spiritual message especially in relation to why new life begins. The story simply reminds us all of our common humanity and equality. We also highly recommend sharing this story with children of all ages.

(suitable for all ages) 

  The Little Refugee by Anh Do and Suzanne Do illustrated by Bruce Whatley (Allen & Unwin: Crows Nest NSW Aus 2011)

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The ever present debate in our communities in relation to the plight of refugees and boat people can be constructively supported by the heart warming true story. Told by Vietnamese-Australian Anh Do, who positively yet poignantly relates his personal journey about his family leaving Vietnam, he lightheartedly yet honestly relates some of the events that unfolded both on the journey here to Australia and with life once they arrived. We highly recommend this story.

(suitable for all ages) 

  A Bus Called Heaven by Bob Graham (Walker Books: London England 2011)

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A young girl's passion and purpose bring hope, happiness and peace to a community needing to be renewed and restored. This heart warming story reminds us of the importance of working together and supporting each other in our communities.

(suitable for all ages) 

  Brown Bear, White Bear by Svetlana Petrovic illustrated by Vincent Hardy (Eerdmand Books for Young Readers: Grand Rapids Michigan USA 2005)

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Love has no boundaries nor limits as this heart warming story about a little girl and her bears reveals. When the bears begin fighting she intervenes to reassure them both they are loved and they don't need to compete with each other. They are loved for who they are and just the way they are.

(suitable for younger children)

  Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees (Orchard Books: London England 2000)

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Being different or even awkward and unable to do as others can do leads to frustration and sadness and develops low self esteem levels especially in children.  But learning to value being different and discovering what can be achieved and celebrating any achievements can heal any pain.

(suitable for younger children) 

  Secret of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman illustrated by T Taylor Bruce (H J Kramer Inc. Tiburon Cal USA 1991)

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This extraordinary story seeks to build confidence and strength of mind in young people who are constantly in fear of being bullied. Developing peace-building ways with which to deal with harassment and conflict involve powerful and transformative thinking and actions. These are clearly and purposefully explored in this highly recommended story. 

(suitable for all ages) 

  Paula Pastrami Achieves World Peace by James Proimos (Little Brown and Company: Canada 2009)

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Achieving world peace is certainly a complex and daunting task. But taking little steps and beginning building peace with people in our own lives and doing things in our local communities that are peace-building is the theme of this story. Although possibly simplifying the processes involved the story at least can help begin the discussion with young children in relation to creating peace in their own lives and communities.

(suitable for younger children) 

Recommended stories from our 2010 list

   Naomi's Tree by Joy Kogawa illustrated by Ruth Ohi (Fitzhenry & Whiteside: Ontario Canada 2008)

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Migrating to Canada a young Japanese couple decide to plant a cherry tree in their new garden to remind them of their homeland. But as their family grows and war breaks out the cherry tree remains the symbol of hope and safety for many generations.

(suitable for all ages)

  In Search of the Thunder Dragon written and illustrated by Sophie and Romio Shrestha (Mandala Publishing: San Rafael California USA  2007)

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Happiness and peace pervade the mountainous kingdom of Bhutan, the country in which this story is set. The Bhutanese legend of the Thunder Dragon is interwoven in this story about two children who undertake their quest to search for it. Their courage and determination are rewarded.

(more suitable for children under 12 years)

   One City, Two Brothers by Chris Smith illustrated by Aurelia Fronty (Barefoot Books:  Cambridge Massachusetts USA 2007)

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This story is set in the time of King Solomon when he ruled Jerusalem. Two brothers who need to decide the fate of their father's land visit the temple seeking King Solomon's advice. They are told a story of how Jerusalem began and as a result the two brothers then know how to resolve their problem peacefully.

(suitable for all ages)

   Planting the Trees of Kenya written and illustrated by Claire A Nivola (Francis Foster Books: New York USA 2008)

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Clearing of land in Kenya led to untold problems for the people. Wangari Maathai, after returning from studying in America, realised that she needed to replant trees and teach her people how to care for the land and restore the healthy environment for the people to again thrive.

(suitable for all ages)

 Mbobo Tree by Glenda Millard illustrated by Annie White (Scholastic Press: Lindfield NSW Australia 2009)

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This fascinating tale of a young girl, who has never spoken and a tree that gives life to the village. When the tree is in danger of being cut down the young girl finds her voice and inspires the whole village.

(suitable for all ages)

  Measuring Angels by Lesley Ely and illustrated by Polly Dunbar (Francis Lincoln Children's Books: London England 2008)

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Sometimes friendship needs help to grow as do sunflowers. Two girls learn how to become friends and work together as they find ways to nurture their plant and encourage its growth.

(more suitable for children under 9 years)

   Iffat and His Jumping Jellybean Shoelaces by Helene Stein-Anderson illustrated by Milli Jahier (Brolly Books: Victoria Australia 2008)

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This story reminds us of the importance of being happy and positive and focussing upon what we can do despite our circumstances.

(more suitable for children under 7 years)

  The Tear Thief by Carol Ann Duffy illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli (Barefoot Books: United Kingdom 2007)

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This beautifully presented and heart warming story magically transforms a young girl's sadness and tears into hope and she finds peace in knowing that the Tear Thief will always pour her sack of tears into the light of the moon.

(more suitable for children under 12 years)

   The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness written and Illustrated by Colin Thompson (Random House Australia: North Sydney NSW Australia 2008)

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In this story we are reminded of the transformative power of love as a young boy and his grandmother rescue a dog from an animal shelter while also rescuing each other from loneliness.

(more suitable for children under 12 years)

  The Woman Who Married a Bear retold by Elizabeth James illustrated by Atanas (Simply Read Books: Canada 2008)

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This is a beautifully illustrated ancient tale from the American Northwest Indians about a young woman who discovers the importance of respecting the natural environment.

(suitable for all ages)

  Milton's Secret by Eckhart Tolle and Robert S Friedman illustrated by Frank Riccio (Namaste Publishing: Vancouver Canada & Hampton Roads Publishing Co: Charlottesville Virginia USA 2008)

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Finding personal peace for a boy is difficult especially when he is bullied at school. A very special cat teaches the boy about the power of living in the moment rather than worrying about what might happen in the future.

(more suitable for children under 12 years)

 

Recommended stories from past lists that are recommended for all ages:

They may also be found in children's bookshops, local or school libraries or second hand stores. The following list presents stories that have also been rated by us previously. Follow the links to find out more about the stories.

    Herb the Vegetarian Dragon by Jules Bass (Barefoot Books NY 1999)  

available in soft copy

   Old Turtle by Douglas Wood illustrated by Cheng-Khee Chee (Scholastic Press NY 1992)

available in hard copy

   Old Turtle and the Broken Truth by Douglas Wood illustrated by Jon J Muth (Scholastic Press NY 2003)

available in hard copy

   The Dream Dragon by Yvonne Winer (Margaret Hamilton Books Sydney 1998)

out of print unavailable unless in a library

   The Dragon Test by June Crebbin and Polly Dunbar (Walker Books London 2003)

available in soft copy

   The Seed by Isabel Pin (North-South Books NY London Zurich 2001)

out of print unavailable unless in a library

   Milo and the Magical Stones by Marcus Pfister (North-South Books NY 1997)

available in soft copy

   The Magic Crystal by Brigitte Weninger and Robert Ingpen  (Penguin Young Readers New York NY  2003)

out of print unavailable unless in a library

   The Whisperer by Nick Butterworth (HarperCollins Books Great Britain 2004)

available in soft copy

        The Conquerors by David McKee (Andersen Press London 2004)

available in soft copy

        The Three Questions by Jon J Muth (Scholastic Press NY 2002)

available in hard copy

        Nine Dragons by George Herman (Tuttle Publishing Boston Massachusetts 2003)

out of print unavailable unless in a library

        A True Person by Gabiann Marin and Jacqui Grantford (New Frontier Publishing French Forest NSW Aus 2007)

available in hard copy

         Stone Soup by Jon J Muth (Scholastic Press NY 2003)

available on DVD

         The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau illustrated by Gail de Marcken (Orchard Books New York 2000)

out of print unavailable unless in a library

         Heart of the Tiger by Glenda Millard illustrated by Gaye Chapman (Scholastic Press Australia 2004)

out of print unavailable unless in a library

         Dancing the Boom Cha Cha Boogie by Narelle Oliver (Omnibus Scholastic Australia Malvern South Australia 2005)

out of print unavailable unless in a library

             The Eagle and the Wren by Jane Goodall illustrated by Alexander Reichstein (North-South Books Switzerland 2000)

out of print unavailable unless in a library

                Refugees by David Miller (Lothian Books Victoria Australia 2003)

out of print unavailable unless in a library

                Mole Music by David McPhail (Henry Holt and Co New York 1999)

out of print unavailable unless in a library but available as a CD

                     The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley by Colin Thompson and Amy Lissiat  (Lothian Books Victoria 2005)

available in soft copy

                     Looking for Atlantis by Colin Thompson (Julia MacRae Books Random House London1993)

available in soft copy

                     The Burnt Stick by Anthony Hill illustrated by Mark Sofilas (Viking Books Australia 1994)

available in soft copy

                     The Gift by Libby Hathorn illustrated by Gregory Rogers (Random House Australia 2000)

out of print unavailable unless in a library

                     The Werewolf Knight by Jenny Wagner (Red Fox Sydney 1995)

out of print unavailable unless in a library

                     Ignis by Gina Wilson (Walker Books London 2001)

out of print unavailable unless in a library

                    The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (HarperCollins 1st ed published in 1922 in US)

available in many editions

                    The Island by John Heffernan and Peter Sheehan (Omnibus Scholastic Australia Malvern South Australia 2005)

available in soft copy

                    The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister (North-South Books New York 1992)

available in soft copy

                    Sun Mother Wakes the World by Diane Wolkstein and Bronwyn Bancroft (HarperCollins Publishers China 2004)

out of print unavailable unless in a library

                    Clancy the Courageous Cow by Lachie Hume (Omnibus Scholastic Australia Malvern South Australia 2006)

available in soft copy

                    Broken Bird by Michael Broad  (Puffin Books London 2006)

out of print unavailable unless in a library

                    King Midas and the Golden Touch by Charlotte Craft illustrated by K Y Craft  (HarperCollins 1999)

available in soft copy

                    The Last Clown by Colin Thompson (Hodder Children's Books Australia 2002)

out of print unavailable unless in a library

                    Wan Hu is in the Stars by Jennifer Armstrong (Tambourine Books NY 1995)

out of print unavailable unless in a library

 

©The Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation April 2012

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