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Episode 21 — Think Peace
|Grades||K – 5|
|Podcast Series||Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
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|Original Air Date||Published February 18, 2010|
Music in this podcast is provided by Freeplay Music.
|Alfred Nobel: The Man Behind the Peace Prize
Author: Kathy-Jo Wargin
Illustrator: Zachary Pullen
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press, 2009
Have you ever heard of the Nobel prizes? Have you ever wondered why we have them and who created them? In this very easy-to-understand biography that is perfect for younger readers, Kathy-Jo Wargin tells the story of Alfred Nobel’s life and what brought him to the decision to leave the legacy of the Nobel prizes, specifically the Nobel Peace Prize. The illustrations in this book will pull you in as well as the writing. The varying perspectives that Zachary Pullen uses in his illustrations help solidify the idea that Alfred Nobel was a great man with large ideas and a generous heart.
|As Good As Anybody: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Amazing March toward Freedom
Author: Richard Michelson
Illustrator: Raul Colon
Publisher: Knopf, 2008
This book tells the story of the meeting of two great men: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Although their race and religion were different they both saw eye to eye on one thing: taking action to promote justice, peace, and equality. Richard Michelson leads the reader through Martin and Abraham’s childhoods and seamlessly ties their lives together when Abraham answers Martin’s call to protest against the government during the Civil Rights Movement. This story of bravery is certain to make students think about the power of peaceful action and standing up for what you believe even in difficult times.
|After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance
Authors: Anne Sibley O’Brien and Perry Edmond O’Brien
Illustrator: Anne Sibley O’Brien
Publisher: Charlesbridge, 2009
Anne and her son Perry take a look at ordinary people who did extraordinary things through nonviolent resistance. Each chapter focuses on a different individual and has three distinct sections: an opening vignette, direct information about the events that led to the person’s action, and an ending section that offers more information. Throughout the chapters are black and white pastel sketches and bold red sidebars that highlight thoughtful and provoking quotes. This book, intended for readers ages 9-12, is a helpful resource for research and an inspiring read for anyone interested in courageous people who made a difference through peace.
Emily spends some time chatting with Kaycie and her son Joseph. They share their reaction to As Good As Anybody and Alfred Nobel as well as talk about the positive impact of service projects on their family.
Author Anne Sibley O’Brien discusses how it came to be that she and her son Perry were able to work together on the book After Gandhi. She also discusses how she promoted peace and service in her own family and ideas for other families who want to find ways to make a difference in their communities.