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Friday, April 5, 2013

Peace, Baby! - Linda Ashman & Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Released April 23, 2011

Linda Ashman
Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
Chronicle Books

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

When kids, and some adults, get mad, their gut instinct is to yell, hit, slap, shove, or grab. Peace, Baby! teaches kids there is a calmer, more appropriate way to behave. The story contains children in different situations who want to react one way, but take a different approach instead.The title's tag line says it all: "When you want to push and shout, hugs can help you work it out!"

I like the message in Peace, Baby! though from my experience helping in a kindergarten class, it's not always as easy for kids to get the message. In all honesty, I find that behavior begins at home and many of the most explosive children usually had parents who tended to yell and scream at other parents who didn't do as they wanted. I'd like to think that some parents might change their approach.

This book is a great addition to a beginning reader's library. Some words may be a little more challenging, but the repetitive "peace baby" message will not take any time for a child to learn. Boosted by confidence over reading those words, interest to learn more words will quickly follow.

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