Time to plan for summer camp! Parents, teachers, and librarians can use this book to teach about conflict resolution and its application to children’s lives. It includes notes and suggestions to make reading aloud more engaging, and to education of children with ode the morals of the stories.
To encourage children to look inward. To present kids with several possible answers to a problem. To give children a positive sense of value and purpose — a sense of their own strength and inherent morality. Peace Tales includes a pairing of stories from Eastern Europe about two goats who meet at the center of a narrow bridge. The folktale appears once in the section on war, and once in the section on peace, with the two versions presenting different resolutions to the conflict. In one, the two goats try to push each other out of the way, but end up pushing each other off the bridge into the water. In the other, the goats carefully balance and squeeze past each other to cooperatively and effectively continue on their way.
Though a challenge, working toward peace is important and better than the violence and hatred that can ensue otherwise. Though the tales come from many countries, the messages of peace are universal. In the past, mankind’s tales have stressed trickery and power more often than conflict resolution. Is it possible that by changing the tales we tell we can change our warring nature?
Peace Tales is a great resource for introducing children to stories about peaceful conflict resolution rather than those that glorify war. It seems like this is a great book for people to read to their children. I think that in today’s society we have become all too comfortable watching violence on television. Albert Bandura have shown that when people are exposed to violence they are more likely to act in more aggressive ways. Most lessons that people learn from watching popular movies today emphasize revenge and violent retributions. I think that this book looks like a great idea because it provides some other avenue of teaching children what is morally correct and that violence is not always the best way to resolve a conflict. I love that the book makes the point that despite the origin of the tale, the messages of peace are universal, which really drives home the peaceful message of the book as a whole.