Synopses & Reviews
In this evocative collection of poems illustrated by beautiful handmade quilts, Anna Grossnickle Hines explores peace in all its various and sometimes surprising forms: from peace at home to peace on a worldwide scale to peace within oneself. Pondering the meaning of peace and its fleeting nature, this book compels each of us to discover and act upon peace ourselves.
"Hines pairs poems with images of her handmade quilts to reflect on the theme of peace. Several works focus on individual relationships: when two sisters fight, their mother makes them face each other at close range, which diffuses their anger into laughter ('It's hard to keep on fighting/ when you're touching nose to nose'). Poems like 'Soldier Daddy' are socially resonant: 'Daddy?/ Are you not listening again?/ Are you still sad from the war?' Often Hines needs just a few words to convey oceans of meaning: 'Peace Is/ when all/ of them/ are us.' The beauty and painstaking detail evident in each quilt brings the book's vision a stitch closer. Ages 4 8. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"The most striking aspect of the book is its quilted, pieced-cloth artwork, and the borderless pages allow maximum impact for Hines bold, expressive visual statements…A beautiful poetry book on an ever-relevant theme."—STARRED, Booklist
"Often Hines needs just a few words to convey oceans of meaning…The beauty and painstaking detail evident in each quilt brings the book's vision a stitch closer." —STARRED, Publishers Weekly
"The quilts that accompany the selections serve to expand upon their themes and create an interesting contrast to the text. Children will be fascinated by the painstakingly intricate stitching, bold colors, and poignant imagery." —School Library Journal"Hines' art is always beautiful; she illustrates her work with astonishing quilts, reproduced full-size, in a variety of designs: In this work she uses black-and-white reverse patterns, mosaic-type images, photographs made into quilt patterns and lots and lots of gorgeous color." —Kirkus Reviews "This is indeed a treasure trove of beauty and inspiration." —BookPage
About the Author
Anna Grossnickle Hines has written and illustrated many highly acclaimed books for children, including 1, 2, 3 Buckle My Shoe; Winter Lights: A Season in Poems and Quilts; and Pieces: A Year in Poems and Quilts. She lives with her family in Gualala, California.