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On March 25th, 2003, mother and daughter Mary Hoffman and Rhiannon Lassiter decided to approach other authors and artists to find out if they would add their voices and talents to an anthology that would make children aware of the human cost of war and help them learn about the benefits of peace.

The book was published in the UK in June of the same year with contributions from 150 authors and illustrators from across the globe. In November of 2003 it was published in the United States. All royalties went to UNICEF.

My contribution is a poem: The Bridge at Mostar

There was a bridge here.

For 500 years.

There was a bridge.

read the entire poem

There is no dedication in the book. However every author I know who participated in this project felt strongly about the war in Iraq and those feelings inspired in us a desire to contribute to the world in a more positive way.

Edited by Mary Hoffman and Rhiannon Lassiter
Cover illustration by Jane Ray
Published in 2003 by:
  Francis Lincoln (UK)

  The Disinformation Company (US)

 All royalties and profits go to UNICEF.


About my poem: Built in the 16th century, the ancient bridge at Mostar, Bosnia has been the subject of thousands of paintings and photographs. In an ethnically divided town, it reached across the river to connect the Croats on the West Bank with the Muslims on the East. In 1993, after standing for nearly 500 years, it was blown up during the Yugoslav Wars.

The bridge has since been rebuilt.

Buy it. The money goes to a good cause. And the book help spreads peace. Really.

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