by Marcus Pfister (North-South Books NY 1997)
peace with ourselves-peace with each other-peace with the environment
highly recommended but unavailable - maybe a copy in your local library
Marcus' enchanting story is about cliff mice. Their beautiful island provided a safe sanctuary for them. But when the icy winter winds blew they would huddle together for warmth. This heart warming story about how these mice together chose to solve their dilemma is for all ages to enjoy and share together and it contains many peace-building elements:
Milo discovered an amazing stone. When the other mice heard of his discovery they also wanted to have stones like his. These magical stones would certainly solve all their problems. But the mice needed to understand:
"The stones belong to the island. If you take something form the island,
you must give something back in return."
The story has two possible endings to choose: a sad ending and a happy ending.
Which one would the mice choose?
Which one would you choose?
The consequences of our choices are important considerations. The mice were also made aware of the importance of maintaining balance and harmony with the environment in relation to any choices they made.
Critical questions to explore with children
Creative questions to explore with children
© Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation October 2005