Grade level: Kindergarten and up
Peace Tales is a marvelous collection of short folktales by Margaret Reed MacDonald, focusing on peace, collected from all over the world. The tales are organized under the following headings. War – Pathways to Fighting, Folly of Fighting, One War, the End of War and Peace -Pathways to Peace, Peacemaking Techniques, Peacemakers, The Never-Ending Work.
There are tales that are appropriate from the youngest of children all the way through to adults. All of them will leave the reader something to ponder over and lead into discussions of point of view, cultural differences, and philosophical understandings. Each tale ends with a relevant proverb or quote in its original language with its English translation.
Questions for Peace Tales
Select a tale and ask: How would this story be different if someone from my culture told it? What would change? Who would the characters be?
Activities for Peace Tales
Act them out: Most of these tales lend themselves to role plays and dramatic adaptations. Trying using masks and puppets for the ones featuring animals.
Become Storytellers: Have students retell the stories using gestures and voice changes.
Rewrite them: Have students take a tale and retell it using a familiar setting, local animals, and personal customs.
Look for the Deeper Meaning: The short thought provoking pieces in this book are ideal choices for Socratic Seminars.
Can You Say Peace? by Karen Katz
The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper
If The World Was A Village by David J. Smith
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Awards for Peace Tales
Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
Best Books for Teen Readers
Storytelling World Award