PPBF: Turn! Turn! Turn!

Today's post will be short and sweet as we wrap up
The Great Kindness Challenge and get ready to celebrate
National School Counseling Week.
Today's PPBF perfectly complements both.

To everything, there is a season ... 

Title: Turn! Turn! Turn!
Author: Pete Seeger
Illustrator: Wendy Anderson Halperin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing
Date: September 1, 2003
Suitable for: age 5 and up
Themes: inspirational, peace, circle of life
Brief Synopsis: Based on the inspiration of Ecclesiastes Chapter 3, this book uses text from the Byrds song Turn!, Turn!, Turn! to explore and enjoy the ways people turn through the pages of the book of life.
Opening page:

*Read a review {here}. 
*Listen to the song on CD, included in the book.
*Have students draw a time line of their lives; challenge them to make it circular rather than linear.
*Encourage students to write and illustrate another line.
A time to ____ , a time to _____ .
What would you add?

Why I like this book: I've always been a fan of that verse from the Ecclesiastes and this song. Then when my friend Ann brought me a copy of the book, I fell in love all over again. Look how pretty it is sitting on my shelf among my angels. 

To everything, there is a season ...
The circles on every page are beautifully illustrated to put this poetic text into a peace-filled picture. Such a simple yet important concept to remember, especially as we grieve the good-bye of something special and bounce forward into something new.

This week, some of our students worked with our high school PALs to paint a conflict-resolution peace labyrinth and it reminds me of the circular concept in this book.

To everything, there is a season.

We also hosted singer, songwriter, and expert bucket-filler Red Grammer on the Westwood side. Here he is teaching us to use our lids to keep ourselves happy and safe. Click the picture to see Mrs. Quigley's first-grade students teaching him and our audience the motions they use for his song The Power To Change The World.

 And today, we say good-bye to our Principal, Terri, and hello to a new leader, J.T. It's a time of change again at Bales, the perfect time to get quiet and contemplate the circle of life.

Turn, turn, turn.

For more PPBF picks today, turn now to Susanna's blog.


  1. What a lovely book based on such a beautiful song. And, I love the idea of making labyrinths for kids. It's a powerful way to work things out within. I've walked them for years, but never thought about the benefit for children. (I have a similar angel collection.)

    1. Pat, you and I will simply HAVE to meet one day! So many connections. Thanks, as always, for stopping by the Corner.

  2. I remember singing that beautiful song back in elementary school. How nice to see it illustrated in a charming book for children.

    1. YES! We sang it in Elementary School, didn't we? And the book has been around for a dozen years but I just now discovered it. So happy that you came by today, Leslie.

  3. I'm a fan of the song, too. I like the idea of reading the book, with it's lovely illustrations, in conjunction with listening to the song. And those peace labyrinths are beautiful!

    1. Thank you. The kids had such a great time rolling the paint on and getting that first glimpse at how we'll use it to solve conflicts.

  4. You had me at Pete Seeger! Fabulous book, Barb! I just bought one by Bob Dylan, illustrated by Jon Muth...Blowin' in the Wind.

  5. I'm pinning this book. It looks intriguing!


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