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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
In today's culture that seems to be focused on injustice and violence, it is important to learn how we can create peace in all types of circumstances and situations that we encounter. In I Can See Peace by Julie D Penshorn, children will see beautiful illustrations, by Jeanine-Jonee Keith, of multicultural children seeking and finding peace in their everyday lives. This book can assist people, especially children, to see peace in everything around them. If initially you are unable to find peace within, you can begin to embrace the elements of peace such as looking at water, birds, trees, stars, sky, raindrops, or when you see a compassionate smile.
In this book you will learn about the STOP method, which is a great way to teach someone how to minimize conflicts. The STOP method consists of simple principles to stop and resolve things peacefully: Stop and breathe; Tell how you feel; Open your mind; and Plan a deal. Also, along with the song I Smile At Myself, discussion questions and other resources will help children discover how the essence of peace is their center in creating conflict resolutions.
Julie D Penshorn and Jeanine-Jonee Keith did an excellent job in demonstrating ways to create conflict resolutions. Personally, to get ahead of conflicts, I consciously and deliberately instill peace into my soul and spirit so when conflicts surround me, my response shows up differently. This book provides a tremendous amount of anecdotes that anyone can use to seek peace and to learn how to work through conflicts or traumatic events. From the song, I Smile At Myself, the peace game, and how to create a peace journal to the discussion questions, the reader will be able to gain a better perspective of doing their part and learning what it takes to create peace.