Paperback, 6″ x 9″
33 pages color illustrations
written by Al Niese
illustrated by Amy Gagnon
At times, they looked into each other’s faces and said, “Peace,” meaning, “Whatever has happened that made us enemies, may we take courage to speak to each other of such things, and listen, and find a better way to be.”
—Excerpt from Soren’s Story
Soren is a rock dove—a city pigeon. He is befriended by two kind girls. Bullies, two boys who attack park pigeons as bad and dirty, strike down Soren’s wise friend Bright Wings, making enemies of the girls. Soren tells how the four children struggle to face each other, following the values of the peaceable kingdom and the dove of peace: forgiveness, love, truth, and fairness.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Al Niese and his wife, Bronda, live in Brunswick. Their two children and their families also live in Maine. A former board chair of Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP), Al served Episcopal churches in Maine after leading urban and suburban churches in New Jersey. His interests include community mental health, the United Nations, comparative religion, sailing, antique reed organs—and tippler pigeons.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
Amy Gagnon lives in rural Maine, where she lives in a Victorian era farmhouse. Her work combines her interests in art and nature as well as history and storytelling. She creates pieces ranging from small illustrations to wall-size murals. She also enjoys gardening and playing traditional fiddle music.