Paths to Peace : People Who Changed the World
by Zalben, Jane Breskin

Complete with glossary, notes, bibliography, and additional reading list, this comprehensive reference guide provides profiles on sixteen revered peacemakers from around the world, including Mahatma Gandhi, Cesar Chavez, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Jane Breskin Zalben is the author-artist for many books, including Saturday Night at the Beastro, which she created with her husband, Steven.  She lives in Long Island, New York.

Gr. 4-7. In one-page biographies, Zalben profiles 16 world peacemakers, ranging from Emerson, Gandhi, and King to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a political prisoner in Myanmar, who remains under house arrest. Beautiful collage borders frame the text, and opposite each biography is a full-page picture, a composition of watercolors, photography, cut paper, and found objects, that expresses the individuality of the activist. Zalben's brief, fascinating art notes at the back explain her choice of^B materials for each picture. The focus is very upbeat. In fact, the piece about Anne Frank gets downright mushy, and the picture for Princess Diana, a heart with roses and a beatific child, looks like a greeting card. Better are the illustrations for Chavez, a collage of parents and children picking crops under the sun, and for John F. Kennedy, a sailboat skimming an open sea under starry skies. Readers will be moved by Zalben's comments, which reveal that many of her subjects trace their activism from a challenge, an event, or individual they encountered during childhood. A glossary, a bibliography noting a few titles for each individual, and a list of general resources are appended. ((Reviewed January 1 & 15, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

The grandiloquent subtitle captures the heavily earnest tone of this artist's tribute to 16 modern men and women who might-broadly, in several cases-be characterized as peacemakers. Most of Zalben's choices are familiar ones, from Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein to Anne Frank, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mother Teresa, but the final three-Kikuyu conservation activist Wangari Maathai, Burmese Nobelist and political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi and Princess Diana-do give the roster a personal tilt. She profiles each with a page of basic biographical facts and quick looks at significant activities or achievements, adding a pithy quote from each and also an evocatively designed border and a strong, semi-abstract collage illustration. Closing with notes on the art, plus generous lists of further sources of information, this might not light fires under many readers, but it supports the author's theme that "one person can make a difference." (Collective biography. 10-12) Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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