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Monday, 12 March 2018

Review: Imagine

The words of John Lennon’s famous song are just as relevant today as when they were first written nearly 50 years ago.

Most of us probably take for granted the words, so embedded in a generation. An anthem for peace, a calling for an end to war and conflict and a focus on tolerance and love.

This beautiful picture book uses the words of the classic song to tell the story of a lone pigeon on a journey around the world to spread his message of peace.

At a time where tensions and fear are permeating our world, Lennon’s important message of putting aside our differences and living as one, could not be more poignant. His words provide a starting point for discussion with children around conflict. Can they imagine a world without greed, hunger or possessions? What does it mean to live in a world focussed on sharing and living as one?

Jean Jullien’s images are seemingly simple yet their strong lines and appealing, clear colours will focus children's attention on the pigeon, his journey and the words. The pigeon travels the world to share his olive branch, causing others to stop, reflect and be happy.

He passes through the busy cities and harbours, past the squabbling seagulls, and sits together with birds of all sizes and colours coming together in solidarity.

This is a lovely reimaging of John Lennon’s beautiful song, with a focus on bringing the message of peace and equality to a new generation.

The book contains a forward by Yoko Ono Lennon, describing how the words of this book are special to her and how we can all make a stand and do our part to make the world a better place.

All royalties from the book support Amnesty International.

Title: Imagine
Author: John Lennon
Illustrator: Jean Jullien
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's, $24.99
Publication Date: 27 September 2017
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781847808967
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book

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