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Peaceful Pieces: poems and quilts about peace by Anna Grossnickle Hines
32 p. Henry Holt and Company, March 2011.

Fourteen gorgeous quilts provide the backdrop for twenty-nine poems, which explore hopes and wishes and possibilities for peace. The colors are brilliant and depict a variety of scenes from one where trumpets herald a dove, through children playing and interacting and a variety of nature scenes. It's a book that invites rereading and many pauses to pore over the intricate details of the quilts or repeat powerful, thought-provoking images, such as "Where there is fear peace walks a tightrope." One quilt features a variety of peacekeepers from the famous, like Gandhi through the young, like Samantha Smith and Mattie Stepanek.

I have been a fan of Anna Grossnickle Hines' quilt illustrations ever since I read Winter Lights: a season in poems and quilts, back in 2006 or so. That was her second quilt collection. Her first was Pieces: a year in poems and quilts. All three books are just lovely. The would make worthy additions to any school library and would make a fine interdisciplinary unit either together or pairing Peaceful Pieces with other picture books about peace. 


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