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Paperback, 6″ x 9″
33 pages color illustrations
ISBN 978-1-63381-244-4

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.


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.


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.

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