"Sometimes being peaceful is easy. Sometimes it takes work to get there." In this wise, gentle, gorgeously illustrated companion to Angry Me, a child explores the many ways they can feel peaceful... and what to do when they don't.
As in Angry Me, Sandra V. Feder and Rahele Jomepour Bell's equally delightful team effort, the child in Peaceful Me recognizes a variety of ways to experience a certain feeling. There's "Quiet" peaceful, when alone; "Good game" peaceful, when things go well with friends; "Cuddle time" peaceful, with family. But sometimes the child doesn't feel peaceful. When they're no longer in the mood to fling autumn leaves in the air but their friend (the protagonist from Angry Me) keeps throwing, the hero takes steps to calm down. Deep breaths, imagining favorite things, finding a quiet place, giving themselves (or a tree) a hug--all these strategies help the child find their peaceful self again.
In her stunning illustrations, Bell uses hand-printed textures, scanned and painted digitally, to create a layered, many-patterned look that is enormously appealing. With charming and colorful detail, each scene depicts the brown-skinned child in cozy brown overalls, green-striped shirt, and blue shoes as they make their way through the mostly pleasant moments of the day. The child waters plants, plays with friends, and sometimes simply relaxes, gazing at the ceiling. Peaceful Me will make a truly lovely addition to any preschool or kindergarten shelf. --Emilie Coulter, freelance writer and editor