Imagine by John Lennon: Book Review

Inside: Review of a children's book by John Lennon, Imagine.

Title: Imagine

Author: John Lennon

Illustrator: Jean Jullien

Publishing: Clarion Books, 2017

Theme: Peace, Love, Equality

Age: 4-12

Summary (from the book flap): Join one little pigeon as she sets out on a journey to spread a message of hope and tolerance around the world. Featuring the lyrics of John Lennon's iconic song and illustrations by award-winning artist Jean Jullien, this poignant and timely book dares to imagine a world at peace.

Opening Lines: Imagine there's no heaven. It's easy if you try.

Picture book review of Imagine by John Lennon. Includes lots of related activities and other books. By

Why I Like This Book: Oh my, where to begin? I think the main reason I love this book is because of the beautiful and timeless lyrics. As a picture book, it's very quiet, peaceful and thought-provoking. The illustrations are sweet, colourful, and child-friendly: it's easy to look at. But more importantly, this is the perfect book for a deep, meaningful conversation.

Other Thoughts: Before reading this book to young children (and yes, I'd definitely read it to K or Grade 1), I'd let them know it has the word "hell" in it. Anyone who's been around little kids knows that when they hear that word, they'll either laugh or be shocked that you're saying a bad word.
Follow-Up Activities:
    1. Grand Conversation: Talk about the lyrics. What pictures did you have in your head while listening to the story? How did it make you feel? What do you think John Lennon's big idea is? What was he thinking about? Are you curious about any of the words? Are there parts you didn't understand? Do you have any of your own questions?

    2. Listen to "Imagine", the song.

    3. Paint or draw (after the story), but while listening to the song. 

    4. Write about your perfect world. What does that look like for you?

    5. World Peace Day: This is a great book to read on World Peace Day, September 21. 


    Related Books:

    1. Peace Week in Miss Fox's Class

    2. I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness

    3. What Does Peace Feel Like? 

    4. Peaceful Piggy Meditation.

    I hope you enjoyed this book and activities!

    PS If you're looking for some new clipart, be sure to check out my sweet Boston Terriers!

    I also have some red Bostons and the traditional black.


    1. Such a beautiful review; thank you, Barb! Really connected with the related titles. I Am Peace is one of my new faves.

      1. You’re very welcome, Barbara! I Am Peace is a very special book, too. Thank you for stopping by.

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