Reviews for Peaceful Pieces : Poems and Quilts About Peace


Booklist Reviews 2011 January #1
*Starred Review* In Pieces: A Year in Poems & Quilts (2001), Hines took her books in a new direction, creating quilts to illustrate poems written around a central theme. Her newest jewel-bright offering showcases 28 short poems about peace, a broad concept interpreted here in varied ways. The narrative poems wind their way to the central point, while the haiku and acrostics are brief and pithy. The most effective pieces are the most specific and personal, even when their connection to peace seems, at first, oblique. Several poems interpret the theme in ways that speak directly to a child's experience, while others reflect a broader view. The most striking aspect of the book is its quilted, pieced-cloth artwork, and the borderless pages allow maximum impact for Hines' bold, expressive visual statements. Two of the spreads are composed mainly in black and white, while, in others, colors, patterns, and stitched lines create a rich variety of effects, from scenes evoking a surprising illusion of depth to bold images that seem to rise from their backgrounds. In the closing pages, Hines comments on the process of quilting and identifies the eight peacemakers photographically represented in one of the illustrations. A beautiful poetry book on an ever-relevant theme. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
In twenty-eight poems of various formats, Hines looks at peace from many angles. Her imagery is inventive--"Season with forgiveness. / Simmer in a sauce of respect"--and she uses words sparingly: the poem "Peace Is" simply states, "when all / of them / are us." Intricate quilts illustrating the verses are, in equal measure, soothing and elegant. Brief bios of famous "peacemakers" are appended. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2011 February #2
Hines' art is always beautiful; she illustrates her work with astonishing quilts, reproduced full-size, in a variety of designs: In this work she uses black-and-white reverse patterns, mosaic-type images, photographs made into quilt patterns and lots and lots of gorgeous color. She uses this abundance of styles in her poems, too, offering acrostic, haiku, rhymed and free verse as well as concrete poetry ("Peace. Pass it on," repeats over and over around a quilted globe, held by quilted hands of many colors, including orange and purple). In "What If?" she muses, "What if guns / fired marshmallow bullets, / and bombs burst / into feather clouds / sending us into fits / of giggles? What if / we all died / laughing?" It is very difficult to write about peace for children—or anyone else—without sinking into bathos or pure sappiness, and this collection doesn't always rise above, but these missteps are small. Brief paragraphs about various peacemakers at the back, including two children (Samantha Smith, 1972–1985, and Mattie Stepanek, 1990–2004), tether the poems to reality; her description of making the quilts and the support of her quilters' group is wonderful in and by itself for both children and adults to read. A poem about two sisters made to stand nose-to-nose until they stop fighting and dissolve into giggles is a truly fine idea—wonder if it would work with world leaders? (Picture book/poetry. 5-10) 
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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2010 November #5

Hines pairs poems with images of her handmade quilts to reflect on the theme of peace. Several works focus on individual relationships: when two sisters fight, their mother makes them face each other at close range, which diffuses their anger into laughter ("It's hard to keep on fighting/ when you're touching nose to nose"). Poems like "Soldier Daddy" are socially resonant: "Daddy?/ Are you not listening again?/ Are you still sad from the war?" Often Hines needs just a few words to convey oceans of meaning: "Peace Is/ when all/ of them/ are us." The beauty and painstaking detail evident in each quilt brings the book's vision a stitch closer. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 February

Gr 1-5--Using exquisitely detailed handmade quilts as a backdrop, Hines's poems explore the overarching themes of peace, understanding, tolerance, and friendship. The diverse selections illustrate the ways in which peace relates to everyday life and are presented in a variety of formats and contexts. For example, one poem is told from the perspective of a child whose father came back from war a changed man. Another uses the game of dominoes as a metaphor for the idea that human beings influence one another in far-reaching ways. The quilts that accompany the selections serve to expand upon their themes and create an interesting contrast to the text. Children will be fascinated by the painstakingly intricate stitching, bold colors, and poignant imagery. In an author's note, Hines describes her writing and quilt-making processes. Mini-biographies of eight influential peacemakers, including Mother Teresa and Gandhi, are included. This book would be perfect for reading aloud and also appropriate for independent reading by poetry-loving children. Because of its unique presentation and breadth of subjects, Peaceful Pieces would be a good companion to Vladimir Radunsky's What Does Peace Feel Like? (S & S, 2004). While some of the poems are more moving than others, the collection as a whole underscores the importance of people finding common ground despite their differences.--Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NY

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