by Nick Butterworth (HarperCollins Books Great Britain 2004)
peace with ourselves-peace with each other
highly recommended and available in soft cover
You might be familiar with the story Nick develops but for one basic and essential difference. Nick's version of the Shakespearean classic tale, Romeo and Juliette, is a peace-building story. This timeless and heart warming love story about cats and a mischievous rat is for all ages to enjoy and share together and it contains many peace-building elements:
Two families of cats were fighting, yet amongst the turmoil two lovers tried to make sense of their dilemma. But the Whisperer, a wily rat, who was happy to have the cats continue to fight as this meant their attentions would not be focussed upon capturing him, revealed their secret love affair. Unlike the Shakespearean tragedy the lovers in this story instilled a new way of thinking.
So how does the story end???
......happily with everyone winning even the rat but he chose to leave
...and tragedy was averted with love prevailing.
This wonderful story is an example of how traditional and classic tales
can be transformed into peace-building stories.
There is always hope....and all will be well.
Critical questions to explore with children
Creative questions to explore with children
© Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation October 2005