by Glenda Millard illustrated by Gaye Chapman (Scholastic Press Australia 2004)
peace with ourselves-peace with the environment
recommended but unavailable - maybe a copy in your local library
Imagine a time when there were no trees. Imagine a world different to the world we know now, a world without green grass, blue skies and clouds. The story invites us to imagine this time and to think about what we might miss if we lived in this time. Global warming issues are sensitively addressed in this pertinent story. It is one for all ages to enjoy and share together and it contains many peace-building elements:
A small boy learned some special secrets about a time long past. The tiger's heart held the secret to this time. The tiger spoke about the time when he was a tree.
"What were the trees used for?" asked the boy.
The tiger responded sharing stories about a wonderful place where there was water and clouds and there was green, a colour of which the boy knew nothing. The story is one of hope....
.......there is a scent of new beginnings.
So how does the story end???
......happily with the boy knowing green.
There are many other essential peace-building elements inherent in this beautiful story.
It teaches the importance of caring for and treasuring our beautiful natural world.
Critical questions to explore with children
Creative questions to explore with children
© Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation October 2005