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Lyrics by John Lennon
Illustrations by Jean Jullien
Frances Lincoln £12.99
Imagine by John Lennon is one of the most iconic songs of the 20th century. Jean Jullien's simple, yet powerful illustrations in this picture book of the same name bring John Lennon's beautiful peace anthem to life. The book records one pigeon's epic journey to spread the message of peace and friendship among birds of all sizes and colour around the world.
As the pigeon encounters his feathered brothers and sisters, he helps them learn to share, support each other and become friends. Readers may wonder why our peace-loving bird is a pigeon rather than the traditional dove, especially as he is carrying the olive branch symbol of peace. Perhaps Jean Jullien thought that the pigeon would illustrate that anyone can, and should, be an ambassador for peace, not just those we expect.
The book was created for Amnesty International following a poll that revealed, quite unsurprisingly, that many parents consider reading helps children to develop empathy. At a time when Lennon's message of peace, understanding and inclusivity is more relevant than ever, this book is a perfect way for parents to introduce their children to these principals.