Join one little pigeon as she sets out on a global journey to spread a message of peace and friendship among birds from around the world, of all shapes and sizes.
Featuring the lyrics of John Lennon’s immortal song, Imagine, and created in collaboration with Amnesty International, this poignant book inspires a new generation to imagine a world at peace.
A Message from Yoko Ono Lennon
This book is very special to me. The words were written by my husband John and it makes me so happy to see them illustrated in this beautiful book. He wrote Imagine as a song calling for peace around the world. Today, we need peace more than ever, so I think his words are still very important.
Everybody wants to feel happy and to feel safe. And we can all help make the world a better place in our own way. We should always keep love in our hearts, and look after one another. We should always share what we have, and we should stand up for people who are not being treated fairly.
And it’s important that we treat everyone like that, not just our family and our friends. We should treat everybody the same, no matter where they are from or if they speak a different language. After all, the pigeon in this book welcomes all the other birds, whatever colour of feathers or shape of beak they have.
By doing this, we can all help to make a difference every day. Every small good thing that we do can help change the world for the better. You can do it, I can do it, we all can do it.
Imagine. Together we can make peace happen.
Then the world truly will live as one.
Foreword to Imagine,2017
‘It was John Lennon who inspired me to join Amnesty when I was 15. 45 years later I realise more and more how brave and muscular his battle against War was… If we gain peace - everything else wonderful will follow. The world is getting better. Poverty, hunger, disease, injustice are all on the run. But it is war, war, war that is slowing down the process. If we gain peace - everything else wonderful will follow.’ -Richard Curtis
'This book is a beautiful visual version of John Lennon’s cry for peace & harmony. Its message for humanity has never been more urgently needed than now.' -Juliet Stevenson
'Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan. Yemen, Libya, Somalia. I could go on….and on…Too many countries around the world are riven by conflict, and have been for years, decades even. Too many children around the world have grown up knowing only war, struggling to eke out a life surrounded by death. Never has peace been more needed; never has it been more elusive.' -Cathy Newman
'When I think of peace I think of calm, kindness and understanding that my point of view is one of many. Everyone has a place in this world and tolerance should be celebrated. Peace is a basic human right.' -Lolita Chakrabarti
‘Peace isn’t just the absence of noise, peace is also the absence of hatred, and that starts right here inside of you and inside of me. So come on! Look inside and imagine… ' -Laurence Anholt
‘Peace is the power to hold your children in your arms in safety and have hope in your heart that they may grow from an earth tended with love, justice and kindness.' -Sita Brahmachari
‘This is a beautiful reimagining of John Lennon’s immortal lyrics, tender and perfectly judged.’ -Chris Riddell
‘Never have we all, child and grown-up child, needed this more, the words and the song in our hearts, lifting our spirits, giving us hope, and determination too to find the road to understanding, conciliation and peace.’ -Michael Morpurgo
'Alongside John Lennon’s classic lyrics, Jean Jullien’s deceptively simple illustrations create a beautiful, touching book.’ -Malorie Blackman