by David Miller (Lothian Books Victoria Australia 2003)
peace with ourselves-peace with each other-peace with the environment
recommended but unavailable - maybe a copy in your local library
Our world struggles to deal with the complex issues that surround the plight of refugees. This delightful story draws upon analogies with the natural environment and our desire to conserve and protect animal species. This simple but pertinent story is for all ages to enjoy and share together and it contains many peace-building elements:
The advancement of humans encroaching upon the habitat of two ducks is how the story begins. Immediately we are caught up in the unfolding tragedy. Escaping possible death the ducks flee to safety but find themselves in inhospitable places, places in which they are not welcome, places in which they don't belong, noisy and busy places overrun with humans. They flee again only to be fired upon. They find safety but they are found. The story draws upon hope at every point along their journey.
So how does the story end???
......happily with everyone winning especially the ducks
...and a tragedy is finally averted.
The happy ending ensures even human refugees can be resettled........but also there are many other essential peace-building elements inherent in this amazing story.
Dogs and cages don't necessarily mean capture and detention or death.
Happy win-win endings are always possible.
Critical questions to explore with children
Creative questions to explore with children
© Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation October 2005