I Can See Peace

Children - Social Issues
36 Pages
Reviewed on 06/10/2018
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Author Biography

My love of writing is inherited, not through genes, but through journeys. Dad considered himself a poet, especially on birthdays, and Mom always kept a journal. Foster siblings excelled in journalism careers, and all cherished a good story, rhyme, or new word discovery. They challenged my sisters and me to tag along as they explored complicated thoughts, articles, or words while we all dried the dishes after dinner.

I was a lucky child blessed with many gifts. Today, so many children suffer from wounded souls. My hope is that I can contribute to the inoculation of young children against inherited pain through books and music that bring them tools for coping with life and living happier and healthier, so they can grow up to live their imagined stories and become the creative, insightful, nonviolent, and thoughtful leaders our society and communities need.

I am a riding teacher and horse trainer. I also am Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, Growing Communities for Peace.

    Book Review

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.