Thursday, September 21, 2017

IMAGINE by John Lennon / Illustrated by: Jean Jullien | Book Review #Imagine #PeaceDay

By: John Lennon 
Forward from: Yoko Ono Lennon
Illustrated by: Jean Jullien
Published by: Clarion Books in partnership w/ Amnesty International 
Released on: September 21st, 2017 - TODAY
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
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A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review 

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
I hope some day you'll join us, and the world will be as one.

Join one little pigeon as she sets out on a journey to spread a message of tolerance around the world. Featuring the lyrics of John Lennon’s iconic song and illustrations by the award-winning artist Jean Jullien, this poignant and timely picture book dares to imagine a world at peace. Imagine will be published in partnership with human rights organization Amnesty International.

It's World Peace Day and what better way to celebrate than by featuring a brand new picture book (out today), featuring the words to John Lennon's infamous hit song, IMAGINE.

I grew up being a huge fan of the Beatles, and a John Lennon fan (and still am). One of the songs that always resonated with me was IMAGINE. What a beautiful message for living as one, with peace, without hatred, war, and all the other things that separate us from being one. With today being World Peace Day, what better way to celebrate than sharing my review for a picture book that brings John's IMAGINE song to life, beautifully. 

Like John's message in his song IMAGINE, this picture book is simple in it's words and illustrations, but powerful in it's message of peace, and unity. Written for young readers in mind, all who read this book will feel empowered to make a difference in making our world a better place. Even the youngest of readers will understand the kind gestures the pigeon in this story is doing, and how it makes the other birds in this book feel.

Quoting Yoko Ono Lennon from the forward in this book

"Everyone wants to feel happy and to feel safe. And we can all help make the world a better place in our own way. We should alway keep love in our hearts, and look after on another. We should always are what we have, and we should stand up for people who are not being treated fairly."

I love this. Imagine what it would be like if we all did our part, no matter how big or how little, to make sure other's felt happy and safe. Much like the pigeon in this story, even the smallest gestures of kindness and doing good, go a long way, and make a difference. 


I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~