Monday, September 8, 2014

"Blessed are the Peacemakers"

"Blessed are the Peacemakers" is a Berenstain Bears book authored by Mike Berenstain that deals with the difficult concept of making peace. Sometimes it is easy for kids to get drawn into the world of "you can't like him because I don't like him" or "you can't be friends with her because I'm not" drama. This book teaches the lesson of keeping peace, and trying to get along with everyone, regardless of the circumstance.

The main issue in this book arises between Too-Tall and Ferdy, because Ferdy is picked to play Romeo in the school play. Too-Tall's friend, Queenie, is picked to play Grizzliet. It's obvious there is some jealousy from Too-Tall that causes him to act out on multiple occassions, even causing a fight to break out the night of the play!

What I liked about this book is that there are a couple of times when the lesson of making peace is reinforced through Bible verses, first from Brother and Sister when they try to restore peace to the rehearsal, and again by Preacher Brown the night of the play.

Overall I would recommend this book for kids ages 5 and up. I think that the message of including others, and maintaining a sense of peace is important for those children entering school. I would give this book 5/5. Wonderful story, and backed by Biblical truth.

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free through the BookLook Blogger program in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review. All opinions in this post are my own.

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