Peace in War

Children - Concept
36 Pages
Reviewed on 05/25/2022
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Author Biography

Lindsay Ann Fink has been in the teaching field for nearly twenty years. She has a strong love for literature, art and having fun. Lindsay writes stories from a mindful perspective and an open heart. She believes books open the door to the child’s creativity and imagination. Lindsay has an Instagram page entitled literature_art_fun this is where she showcases a book and a fun art project for kids to do at home. Lindsay loves spending time with her three children out in nature and in the art room.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

We live in very difficult times. Many parts of the world are plagued by war and civil disruptions. While we watch the battles in far-away places in horror, while we see first hand the plight of those close to us lashing out in anger, we often forget that there are children involved, and these children must be terrified. I know our children in the more peaceful parts of the world are terrified just seeing these images of mass destruction, or even, at home, witnessing the seeds of anger. There are so many things happening all around us - unhappy people, angry people. We need to take action to make this world a better, a happier, a safer place in which to live. “It starts with a seed, the seed we plant in our mind’s eye. Take the time to plant the seeds of hope, beauty, and love.”

Lindsay Ann Fink’s picture book, Peace in War, is a poignant and thought-provoking look at the world as we see it at first glance. The author weaves a plot in a step-by-step approach, by listing conflicts, and then returning to conflicts and making suggested resolutions, including how we can block out the ugliness of war and discord by thinking pretty thoughts (like flowers), and how we can help others in need (which in turn helps us as well). The language is simple and sincere and the collage of visual images complements the collage of thoughts and perspectives, giving readers of all ages something to think about. “It’s all about perspective, how you choose to see the world,” the author writes in her conclusion. The seeds are sown, the prospect for our future is more promising, and the circle of life will take a more positive turn. After all, “The circle of life is the circle of love.”

Philip Van Heusen

Have you ever noticed what is missing in war movies? Have you looked at photos from a war zone and thought, “What is missing in this picture?” Lindsay Ann Fink obviously did, and she came up with an appealing answer. In Peace in War, Lindsay seeks to help children, and the rest of us, reframe the negative phases of life. War comes in all shapes and styles. It may be a full-out military conflict, or it may be an argument between spouses. Raised voices can be terrifying to children. Lindsay realized that the war photos did not have any flowers in them. If we can add flowers, we can change the outlook of disagreements. Flowers tend to bring peaceful thoughts to mind. Peaceful thoughts tend to lead to peaceful actions. Peaceful actions lead to peace. Help your children seek peaceful solutions to all their challenges.

Peace is elusive. Humans seek peace, yet few ever find true peace. Patrick Henry said, “Men say, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.” The two most common desires and needs of human beings are peace and love. With those two values, people can endure almost anything. However, peace and love are based on a third value: hope. Each of these is needed in life. In Peace in War, Lindsay Ann Fink shows hope by inserting photos of flowers into hostile situations. Superimposing pictures of flowers over images of discord gives hope for the future. This hope is a hope for peace and love to rule the hearts and minds of people. Once we can change our minds, then we are ready to change the way we live in such a way as to bring about lasting peace and enduring love.

Pikasho Deka

How do children cope in the midst of war? With all the terrible atrocities happening across the world, sometimes it may seem like a harrowing place where hope doesn't exist. Amidst all the pain and suffering, you can still find your way toward peace and love by looking inside. This is the message of Peace in War by Lindsay Ann Fink. With a series of impactful collage pieces complemented by some hard-hitting motivational quotes, Fink conveys the idea that despite the horrors of the world, we should all strive toward finding love and peace. The colorful pages alongside the thoughtful excerpts instill a sense of hope in our hearts and shed light on a world mired in darkness.

Peace in War is a picture book that every child should read, especially as the times we live in make it all the more relevant. Lindsay Ann Fink draws an unflinching portrait of lives surrounded by a war which shows that no matter what, life always finds a way, and love and peace are never as far away as they may seem during times of strife. Although heartbreaking and tragic, there is an important lesson to learn. Anger is the real enemy, and it can be only fought off by calm and collected minds while embracing peace. Everyone knows the devastating impact of the ongoing war in Eastern Europe on innocent people. Books like this go a long way to bringing some much-needed serenity into this world. Highly recommended.

Emma Megan

Peace in War by Lindsay Ann Fink is an inspiring children's book that teaches children how to find peace in war. It contains black and white war scenes and superimposed colorful images showing young readers that in every hard situation there are people who help those in need. When people are fighting, yelling, or crying, Lindsay Ann Fink advises us to look for the helpers as they are the ones that bring peace, and to join them. This book teaches both children and adults how to create peace within their minds. It inspires us to get creative with our thinking, to look at the bright side of every difficult situation, and to be the ones who create a more peaceful and enjoyable world.

Peace in War by Lindsay Ann Fink is a much-needed children's book in a chaotic world where good deeds are necessary. It's a special and impressive read with a strong and truthful message that will endure for lifetimes. The writing and the uniqueness of the illustrations captured my attention from the start as they are very impactful. Peace in War informs children that their thoughts become their actions and their actions can bring peace, joy, and change. Lindsay Ann Fink reminds us of the most powerful weapons against war and motivates us to use them to heal the world from chaos and despair. This realistic yet uplifting children's book is an essential read for youngsters as it empowers them to do great things for others. I honestly can't recommend it enough.