for Somewhere Today
by Shelley Moore Thomas
and Eric Futran
An uncomplicated text about a complicated subject contains only 11 short sentences. Ten of them begin with the words, Somewhere today someone is.... These ten sentences define ten distinct peace-making actions, such as ...being a friend, instead of fighting...planting a tree where one was cut down...learning to do things a different way. The words on the final page are Maybe it is you. An assemblage of uncaptioned photographs reproduced in full color illustrates each of these actions, inviting readers to figure out or find out more about each example. The children and adults pictured suggest glimpses of racial, cultural, age and gender diversity. The author's selection of seemingly ordinary actions and her understanding of how young children might begin to think about the idea of peace are no doubt informed by her role as a teacher of first and secongraders. (Ages 3-7)
CCBC Choices 1998. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1998. Used with permission.
Somewhere in the world each day, people just like you are acting in kind, peaceful, loving ways. Perhaps they are visiting someone who is old, teaching a little sister to ride a bike, or sharing an experience with a friend from a different culture. With its poetic text and appealing, vibrant photographs, this book shows some of the simple ways in which any child or grownup can make the world a better place.
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