Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty PB


Illustrated by Mayumi Oda

  • Independent Publisher 2016 IPPY - Outstanding Book of the Year - Gold Medal Book Award - PEACEMAKER OF THE YEAR

Available in paperback, hardcover, and e-book (also exam or desk copies for instructors) through our distributor NYU Press.

With beautifully crafted words and exuberant watercolor illustrations, Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty offers a poetic and empowering message for world peace. Recognizing "we are right on the edge of destroying ourselves," this modern allegory inspires taking joyful steps to end violence. It expands upon the idea that "we are all in the circle together," and presents a timeless parable for readers of all ages. The Haiku-like text delivers a call to "make a new earth grow beneath our feet."

In the playful style of 12th century Japanese picture scrolls, Mayumi Oda's art depicts humans as animals who lose their way when their leaders become confused and drawn to violence. It is up to each individual—the frog who plants a thriving garden, the cat who supports an elderly neighbor as they walk—to create a better world through simple acts of kindness. The message of this book is the sweet realization that each person can become an agent of goodness and beauty.

This twentieth-anniversary, full-color edition, with a new foreword by venerable peacemaker Desmond Tutu, is dedicated to world peace and recovery in the face of world climate crises. All royalties will be donated to community resiliency across boundaries and antinuclear advocacy.

Details

Title Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty PB
Illustrated by Mayumi Oda
Prize Independent Publisher 2016 IPPY - Outstanding Book of the Year - Gold Medal Book Award - PEACEMAKER OF THE YEAR
Publisher New Village Press
BISAC Subject Heading OCC000000 BODY, MIND & SPIRIT
JUV000000 JUVENILE FICTION
PHI000000 PHILOSOPHY
School Level North American school grade range
Audience 02 Children/juvenile
US Library of Congress classification (LCC) B CLASS B - PHILOSOPHY. PSYCHOLOGY. RELIGION
Audience Theme: Human resilience and survival is dependent on our ability to strive for goodness and create peace. We all have the power.
Credit Anne Herbert, Margaret Paloma Pavel, Mayumi Oda
Title First Published 06 December 2016
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: VX      93 Thema subject category: YFB      93 Thema subject category: QD
Includes Appendices
 

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International Big History Conference - Carl Anthony, Paloma Pavel
Villanova University, 800 E. Lancaster Avenue Villanova, PA 19085, Thursday-Sunday, July 26-29, 2018

Carl Anthony, author of the Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race, and Paloma Pavel, author of Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty will be presenting the experience of African Americans and African diaspora communities in today's world.


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The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race
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