Peace, Baby! by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
So many children’s books about strong emotions come off as mini-lectures about proper behavior. This one has a stirring call for people to not react with violence or anger, but instead with peace and understanding while continuing to be understanding about those negative emotions that can overwhelm. The rhyme helps make the book fun and jaunty while offering the idea of just saying “Peace, Baby!” when you get upset. This is the most basic of conflict resolution, yet it is also the start of something bigger, taking responsibility for your own reactions and controlling them. This cheery book invites others to be happy and peaceful.
Ashman’s rhyme is at the heart of this book, carrying the entire idea of being peaceful and calm forward with a jolly rhyme. Thanks to the playful nature of the rhymes and the “Peace, Baby!” the book does not lecture but instead recommends hugs, conversations and compromise.
Lew-Vriethoff’s illustrations add a lovely softness to the book. With their pastel shades, the book continues to feel playful but also has a lightness to it that keeps the message from feeling heavy handed at all.
A strong addition to library collections, this will be a great way to talk about emotions as a group and also the proper responses to when you feel angry. Peace out! Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from copy received from Chronicle Books.