by Douglas Wood illustrated by Cheng-Khee Chee (Scholastic Press New York 1992)
peace with ourselves-peace with each other-peace with the environment
highly recommended and still available in hard copy - maybe a copy in your local library
Douglas in a very dignified and sensitive manner introduced the notion of a creator and a reason for treating others including the environment with respect in his very inviting tale. Peace and harmony on earth suddenly were interrupted by an argument amongst the animals and they began debating the existence of God and whether he/she existed. But the wise old turtle quietly presented his wisdom and gently ushered in the coming of human beings to earth. He proposed their coming would be significant, their task to reflect all the possibilities of creation and to learn to see God in each other and in the beauty of the earth.
This wonderful story is one for all ages to enjoy and share together is not a tale that contains all the peace-building elements yet it magically presents the necessary underpinning wisdom we must accept and respond to in order to create peace on earth.
Critical questions to explore with children
Creative questions to explore with children
© Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation February 2005