by Michael Broad
(Puffin Books London 2006)
peace with ourselves-peace with each other
recommended but unavailable - maybe a copy in your local library
Broken Bird was born different to the other birds and they teased and taunted him. But Broken Bird was undeterred and remained determined to find his place. He could not fly so he decided to spend some time with the creatures with no wings. Bravely he decided to go to the city because he thought he might belong there. This tantalising story will leave a happy smile on any reader's face and is a story for all ages to enjoy and share together and it contains many peace-building elements:
Broken Bird met someone else who was also different and who had been subject to hurtful teasing by the other birds. He decided to return to the woods with his new companion and together they learned how to fly.
Throughout the story Broken Bird remained positive and he never sought revenge. He remained focussed upon his pursuit for happiness and finding his rightful place in the world. In the end his efforts were rewarded. He realised that he and his special friend were neither broken nor scary.
Critical questions to explore with children
Creative questions to explore with children
© Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation January 2007