Over the span of my 42 years of teaching, I had acquired quite a lovely library of children’s literature.
The library took up one of the bedrooms.
After the first year of retirement, I loaded some of the books and gave them to a beginning teacher at the school where I taught for the last 24 years of my career.
I also set aside special books that I thought my grandchildren should have; and I still had another large, three shelf bookcase full of books.
I realized it was time to get the remaining books back into the hands of children, so I gave another batch to another beginning teacher.
In that stack of books, I gave away a book by Anna Grossnickle Hines: Pieces : A Year in Poems and Quilts.
It was one of my favorite books to use to combine the teaching of poetry and the math and art in quilting.
It was difficult giving this book away, but I knew the teacher receiving this book would put it to good use.
Then, at the public library, I ran across another book by this same author, entitled, Peaceful Pieces
The poems and quilts about peace are excellent.
In these troubled times of ours, the message of Peace, with the backdrop of beautiful quilts, is exactly what should be shared, discussed, and practiced.
As Anna Grossnickle Hines states in her book…
“All of us together in one world. The trick is to be mindful of that connection. ”
Some of my favorite poems by the poet, are: Where I Live, Calming the Busy Brain, Weapons, Dominoes, and No In-Between.
I recommend this book for children and adults.
I plan to write some lesson plans for my friend to use this book with her third grade class.
After reading this book, I started thinking of designs for a peace quilt.
I am continuing my study of artistic and free form quilts.
Maybe I can come up with something.