Contact Carolyn directly to order plays, Counting Peace or A Creation Story . Carolyn's other books may be ordered through your favourite bookstore or by contacting the publisher listed with each title:
NEW! Colouring Peace in Calgary/Moahkinstsis iinstawapi
This is an all-ages colouring book featuring Calgary landmarks and natural areas, with captions in Blackfoot, Arabic and English. It includes word games and an original song, Magpie. Thirty Calgary artists donated their work to create this unique book.
It's a welcome gesture for refugees, offering a quiet place to think about adding their own colour to the city.
Because the Blackfoot language is introduced, newcomers are helped to understand that they have arrived in Treaty Seven territory, a fact many previous settlers didn't recognize.
It will help newcomers learn landmarks and peaceful places in Calgary.
Your purchase helps to provide aid to Syrian refugees in Calgary.
Co-ordinator/publisher: Carolyn Pogue
Peace. Activity. Calgary
8.5 x 11 inches, Paperback, 47 pages
ISBN 978-093 328462
Price $10.00 ($9.00 for distributors)
In 1986 the United Church of Canada issued an Apology to Native Peoples that began:
“Long before my people journeyed to this land, your people were here ...”
This was the first acknowledgement in Canada that Canadian schools had been teaching a history that was not true. In 1998, the United Church went further by issuing an Apology to Former Students of United Church Indian Residential Schools, and to the Families and Communities.
Sorry. Why Our Church Apologized tells how the church became involved in the schools and how it is that the church saw it must withdraw from the system, and become involved in learning and healing.
Suitable for age 10 to adult.
Authors: Rev Maggie McLeod, Very Rev Stan McKay, Very Rev Bill Phipps and Carolyn Pogue
Aboriginal Issues, History
5.5 x 8.5 inches, Paperback, 28 pages
ISBN 978-1-77064-803-6, Price $9.95
Rock of Ages: The Oldest Rock on Earth, and then some
Rock of Ages brings to life early stories of Earth’s origins and spins together geology, ecology, mythology and cosmology as an integrative narrative.
“Rock of Ages weaves a web that links myth, science and geology with personal experience. Carolyn Pogue draws us to the depths of time, then flings us to the stars and healing energies.”
- Sharon Montgomery, healer/author Your Invisible Bodies
“When you think that this rock is 4.03 billion years old, then all human civilization, everything we’ve thought and done, it’s just nothing. At the same time, it brings out an ephemeral kind of experience. Life is valuable because it’s so brief.”
Home Girl Gwen Peters has already had her share of adventures. Orphaned at eleven and trained as a servant, Gwen travelled from England by ship to a new life in Canada. Her spunk, sense of humour and the memory of seeing legendary Mohawk theatre performer E. Pauline Johnson have kept her going. It's a good thing, too, because there are more challenges ahead...
It is 1898, and Gwen is leaving Ontario, on the brand new railway for Calgary, Northwest Territories. There, Gwen meets people of the land, the Cree and Blackfoot, and sees how they view newcomers to their territory. She also meets someone who helped to build the railway that Canadians are so proud of. Unfortunately not everyone in town is respectful of Gwen’s new friends.
Gwen soon discovers that booming Calgary attracts people with fresh visions and hope, but it also attracts people who want to make a quick buck, no matter how. Good thing she packed her courage.
For fans of historical fiction aged 10 to adult.
On her tenth birthday, Gwen is slipped in through the back door of a London theatre. The Mohawk performer she watches, as she peers out from a broom closet, changes her life forever. One hundred thousand destitute and orphaned “Home Children” from England are sent out to Canada with the promise of creating new lives. In 1895, Gwen becomes one of them. Eleven years old, trained as a housemaid, Gwen is determined to find the Canada that E. Pauline Johnson described that night at the theatre.
This novel was inspired by Carolyn’s own grandmother, a Barnardo Home Child, and by the life of poet/performer
E. Pauline Johnson.
Gwen is recommended reading in the UCRD Summer Reading Catalogue.
"...entertaining tale with lots of adventure, a positive female role model as the heroine, and a bit of a history lesson thrown in. The plot is perfectly paced and happily, the novel's conclusion leaves room for what would be a welcome sequel. Four stars!"
- Wendy Maloff, An'E Vibe Montreal, Quebec
A World of Faith Introducing Spiritual Traditions to Teens
This comprehensive book covers 9 of the world’s main religions in a captivating and accessible way. Carolyn Pogue takes readers beyond the practices, institutional rites and beliefs, to touch on the deeper truths common to humanity. Throughout, there is a strong message of caring for Earth and for each other, a message of connection and social justice. Interviews with young people about how they view their own tradition add to the uniqueness of this book.
Each chapter includes a thumbnail sketch of the faith tradition, prayer, glossary, story, and Golden Rule and Green Rule unique to that faith. With aForeword by His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan.
In this picture book for young children, the creation story is brought alive in a playful way. Author Donna Sinclair wrote, “Pogue conjures up a God who – yearning for human company – creates a host of girls and boys from mud of every colour. They give God enormous pleasure. The story offers children assurance of God’s deep and joyous love, and adults an enchanting alternative to that earlier Creation story about the rib.”
After the Beginning opens with the Divine Family (God, Goddess, and all the angels) celebrating the completion of the universe – sun, moons, and eight perfect planets, with no mistakes at all. But when Little Angel suggests that there could be one more planet, one where “things aren’t the same all the time,” things begin to unravel… In this enchanting tale, the sacredness of Earth, the ecological crisis, and children’s leadership are connected in a way that will inspire children and adults alike. Margaret Kyle’s vibrant illustrations create a sense of awe that will move and delight readers of all ages.
Baby You tells the story of how you grew from a teeny, tiny seed and a teeny, tiny egg to become a wonderful, miraculous baby. It is a reminder, too, that from the very beginning, you have been watched over with love and tenderness.
Illustrations by Monique Nind
Counting Peace A Counting Book to Colour for Children,
Mommies, Daddies and Teachers
Counting Peace helps children and adults recognize signs and symbols of peace and to understand their histories. At the back of the book, Carolyn briefly explains the origins of symbols like the olive branch, the United Nations peace bell, paddles and peace pipes. Natalie's imaginative and happy illustrations will be fun to colour and to count from1 to 10.
The Colour of Peaceisa book where kids can colour, think, draw, sing, teach and learn about peace. Created by 16 children, teens and adults form 7 towns and cities in 2 countries, it offers unique ideas about peace with ourselves, with Nature, our families and in the world.
Each ABC is illustrated with a line from an original poem. The Colour of Peace includes a story by Marty Brown about the transformation of a bully and an original song by Ruth Lomenda.
“Just as violence is a learned behaviour and not a natural or inevitable part of our society, peace can be taught. UNICEF Canada welcomes this book as a means to begin with our youngest children.”
~ Holly Davidson, UNICEF Canada
Language of the Heart Rituals, Stories and Information about Death
In Language of the Heart, Carolyn Pogue draws on the experiences of those who have dealt creatively with a variety of deaths. You will learn how others have created ceremonies that were personally meaningful and healing, when a person who had died lived long, and when they lived briefly; when the relationship was loving and when it was not. She offers stories and suggestions for alternative rituals that can help you move beyond tradition. Whether you are facing your own death or the death of another, this book will encourage you to do whatever you need to do, rather than what you think is expected of you.
Part-Time Parent Learning to Live Without Full-Time Custody
This one-of-a-kind book is for all non-custodial parents. It follows the stories of 20 men and women as they go through the initial separation, first birthday and holidays without the kids, roller-coaster emotions, reflections, regrets, letting go and getting on with their lives. In this sensitively written book, Carolyn Pogue stresses that while one kind of parenting may be over, a parent never ceases to be a parent.
An earlier version, published by Western Producer Prairie Books, was titled The Weekend Parent.
Treasury of Celebrations Create Celebrations that Reflect Your Values
and Don’t Cost the Earth
Edited by Carolyn Pogue
There is a growing movement among people, stemming from a longing for more integrity between our spiritual and economic values. If you are not satisfied with consumer-oriented celebrations, this book of creative ideas is for you.
These tales of peacemaking recall the atmosphere of ancient fables, yet include an urgency that today’s children respond to. Each story is followed by a wide variety of activities that leaders can choose – for example, making peace flags, filling in peace crossword puzzles or making solar powered ovens. The activities will help children translate these messages of peace into their own lives and communities. Accompanying each tale is a story about practical peacemaking in the world today and information about how to connect with others.
To download a free Companion Handbook to use with A New Day at your VBS, please click here
Seasons of Peace
Seasons of Peace helps teachers, students and youth leaders create peace in classrooms, school yards, at home, in writing and art classes - anywhere in the community.
Suggestions for each month offer a new view of an old holiday or commemoration:
Martin Luther King Day
International World Peace Day and many more!
Pogue’s book inspires optimism and offers a wealth of hands-on, practical ideas that support the UNESCO call for a Culture of Peace. Seasons of Peace helps learners express their dreams for a peaceful and sustainable world. It is suitable from Grade 4 to adult. With a Foreword by Honourable Dr. Lois M. Wilson.
Remember Peace is a 5-part guide for teachers and leaders of youth which places tools for peace into the hands of young citizens. It inspires optimism by relating real stories of real young people who are changing the world today. While respecting the traditions of Remembrance Day handed to us by previous generation, Remember Peace provides alternative viewpoints, stories and opportunities for youth today. Remember Peace uses the free-fall writing technique to enable young people to speak their own dreams for a peaceful life within themselves, with their families and communities, with Nature and with the world.
"The concise and easy to-follow lesson plans are especially well suited for language arts and social studies in grades 4 to 6." - Green Teacher Magazine
$25.00 (Includes full colour poster)
Peace - study and teaching(elementary)/Children and peace/Remembrance Day
Two of Carolyn's short stories for young adults appear in Beginnings: Stories of Canada's Past (2001) and Dark Times (2005). Both collections were edited by award-winning author and editor Ann Walsh and are published by Ronsdale Press in Vancouver. They are available in fine bookstores everywhere or through Ronsdale.
Birds of a Feather is a new play, written by Carolyn for Puppets for Peace, Calgary. In this story, Luke witnesses playground bullying. He doesn’t like it but doesn’t know what to do about it. Then his good friend Amal is pushed into the dirt, a magpie gives him courage, and his mother relates the reasons the family has emigrated to Canada. Luke decides he cannot play the role of bystander any longer.
If you would like to have the award-winning Puppets for Peace visit your school or community to deliver a message about bullying or empowering young peace leadership, please contact them directly. A teacher’s guide for the play is also available.
Each of the following books costs $10.00 plus postage. Buyers are permitted to photocopy enough scripts for the cast of each play.
This play is a collaboration with American poet and playwright Rhoda Kaplan Pierce, who first dreamed the plot of Fade to Black . It is set in a medium-sized American city. The story concerns the arrest of 7 members of the peace group, Women in Black. The play, though humorous at times, helps bring into focus the changing values in American society.
This play is set 2000 years ago in Bethany , just outside Jerusalem during the last week in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. The focus of the story is on Mary of Nazareth and her women friends. Scripted to be performed as readers' theatre.
11 characters and 1 musician; approximately 50 minutes.