Book Review: Peace, Baby! by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Peace, Baby! cover imageLearning how to deal with conflict can be challenging for kids (and adults too sometimes!), as they learn how to navigate disputes with siblings and other children at school. A new picture book helps them look at situations that may arise in their daily lives and think about how they will respond.

Peace, Baby! is written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff, and it shows kids dealing with a variety of common events that may cause conflict. Here’s an example: “One big cookie. Two of you. Marcus want it. What to do? That’s right, break it. Now there’s two! Hey, peace, baby.” Here’s another: “Sofie, racing toward the snack, nudges Nora, pushes Zach. Should they elbow Sofie back? Nah, peace, baby.”

The pastel illustrations are calming, and they show both the conflict and the resolution. While sometimes it may be difficult to figure out how the characters got from one to the other, that’s where conversation between parents and kids come in. You can talk about how you think the children may have found a peaceful situation, and you may be able to discuss things your child could do to help her deal with frustrations that come up in the future.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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