How to Teach Problem Solving to Kids With the Book "World Pizza" by Cece Meng
How Pizza From the Sky Becomes a Peacemaker in the Book "World Pizza"
Cece Meng's new picture book World Pizza is a creative and fun read-aloud that's lesson is the appreciation for the little things in life. Mom makes a wish for world peace on the night's wishing star and a sneeze turns the word "peace" into the word "pizza." Pizza starts falling from the sky to the delight of the children. Everyone in the family enjoys the pizza and the squabbles that were in progress before became quiet. A family across the world experiences the same event when pizza drops from the sky and they enjoy eating together instead of arguing. Pizza appears in villages and towns across the world and brings happiness and contentment across the world. Even pirates on a pirate ship receive pizza from the sky and they put the swords away. Bullies receive pizza and their bullying of others stops. A charming twist at the end of the story occurs when a stray dog receives the last piece of a pizza. Kindness to the dog was shown. Who knew that pizza could be a peacemaker?
Meng's World Pizza is also a great tool for teaching lessons in acceptance in our multicultural society. Each page is filled with colorful illustrations of all kinds of people from around the world. The pizzas that fall from the sky are also "multicultural" in that they come in a variety of flavors. Spicy, salty, and extra-cheesy are all a part of the flavors of pizza. A favorite might be the chocolate cherry pizza!
World Pizza was published by Sterling Children's Books and is recommended for ages 5-9. It has an ISBN of 9781454919469.
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Get Acquainted with the Author and Illustrator
Cece Meng has received several awards for her picture books. She is the recipient of the National Association of Parenting Publications Honors Award for her book The Wonderful Thing about Hiccups. You may learn more about her by visiting her website at www.cecemengbooks.com.
Ellen Shi contributed her talent as an illustrator to Meng's World Pizza. She also teaches art to children when she is not illustrating children's books. She majored in illustration and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. You may learn more about her by visiting her website at www.ellenshi.com.
Shi's Illustrations Add a Touch of Multicultural Education
Tips for Teaching Peacemaking Skills to Young Children
Both parents and teachers have a responsibility to teach peacemaking skills to our children. Bullying is a hot topic in our country. Conflict resolution is now being taught as a part of the school curriculum in many schools. Consistent standards for conflict resolution from both home and school environments are necessary if children are to absorb these lessons.
Give children the opportunity to make their own decisions about how to resolve a conflict with a friend or sibling. Children can be encouraged to accept themselves and others. Healthy communication skills are part of resolving conflicts. Parents and teachers often encourage children to "use their words" instead of physical violence toward a friend or sibling. Children should also be encouraged to accept their feelings and the feelings of others. Role-play situations in which friends are in conflict with each other. Both parents and teachers can have a brainstorming session with children to gather ideas for good conflict resolution. Appointing a Peacemaker of the Week can encourage children to participate in healthy conflict resolution. You might even serve pizza after a brainstorming session and reading Meng's World Pizza.
Celebrate Peaceful Conflict Resolution
Our Multicultural World Needs Conflict Resolution
Teachers can also take the opportunity to bring in some concepts of multicultural education after reading World Pizza. Have the children participate in discussing the types of people in the illustrations. You might have the children locate the represented countries on a globe. The varieties of pizza that Meng includes in her story also offer a great opportunity to introduce multicultural foods.