Children's Peace Garden (英語) ペーパーバック – 2014/9/3
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This book was created to help children, families and communities find constructive ways to respond to conflict, prejudice, bullying, violence and ignorance. The hope is that schools and communities around the world will use the garden as a safe place to begin discussions on how to respond to these problems in a positive way.In this fictional story Beth and her friends find ways to celebrate the diversity in their school and neighborhood when they turn a rat infested vacant lot into a place where the the community can celebrate its history and its future. In this garden everyone shares the flowers, food, music and stories that define their basic heritages. The harvest is knowledge learned from each other, and this can be an adventure. It can also be a way to cultivate peace.Perhaps this little book will inspire schools and communities to make children's peace gardens a reality around the world.
Tomi Jill Folk holds a Master of Divinity degree and was a pastor in Minnesota, South Dakota and Florida. She is now a freelance photographer, poet, storyteller, speaker, writer, editor and publisher. She was one of the founders of a non-profit food security organization that promoted family vegetable gardens as a way to fight hunger, improve nutrition and control the spread of diabetes and heart disease. Hank Bruce has been a writer, horticultural therapist, hunger activist, teacher, speaker, and peace advocate. He is the former president of the Florida Chapter of the American Horticultural Therapy Association. In 2007 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by that organization. In 2001 he was presented with the Humanitarian of the Year Award by the American Horticultural Therapy Association. Hank and Tomi are a husband and wife team and they currently have over 25 books in print.
The book celebrates the diversity that is in our country (and our world) today, by showing that every culture has things to share, and that together we can create a beautiful garden. The illustrations are also lovely, bringing the story to life. We need many more stories (and gardens) like this one.