You, Me, We: A Celebration of Peace and Community
Coauthored by one of the grandsons of Mahatma Gandhi, this gentle guide to cultivating peace will find a welcome place at home and in classrooms.
Peace is you. Peace is me.
Peace is the great big WE of community.
Where can we find peace? It shows in the way we walk, stand, or form a circle. It can be found when we play or dig in the garden, speak up or ask for help, or sit still and listen to the silence. Whether we’re learning, taking turns, or getting past hurt feelings and misunderstandings, peace is always there, as long as we look at one another, ready to discover. Drawing on the philosophies of Mahatma Gandhi and educator Maria Montessori, coauthors Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus offer an inviting primer brought to life through the warm, wondrous illustrations of Colombian artist Andrés Landazábal. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “If we are to teach real peace in this world . . . we shall have to begin with children.” You, Me, We does just that, as it celebrates the peace that can be found in us all.
Praise for You, Me, We: A Celebration of Peace and Community
Peace takes center stage in this picture book co-authored by the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. . . . Soft, gentle artwork with a cotton-candy feeling infuses the narrative with warmth and depicts the students playing, meditating, and sharing. . . a good starting point to spark discussions about peace and community-building. . . Will encourage young readers to give peace a chance.
Inspired, per a creators’ note, by the work of Mahatma Gandhi and Maria Montessori, authors Gandhi and Hegedus propose a mind-expanding definition of peace in this gently insistent picture book. . . . Landazábal echoes the text’s sunny vision of community with light-infused watercolor, pencil, and gouache imagery depicting children of varied skin tones interacting. It’s a simple and inclusive vision of harmony.