Yoko Ono Lennon writes a powerful foreword on peace and how it is needed by the world today should we all hope to unite as one. This is just one of the many passages in a new children’s picture book “Imagine,” in memory of the John Lennon song, which was released on the United Nations’ International Day of Peace.
Ono joins iconic French artist Jean Jullien and the Frances Lincoln Children’s Books in order to craft a new children’s picture book. It will be released in around 15 languages, all aimed to inspire children of the future to imagine, and hopefully create, a world with kindness, equality, and freedom.
Ono’s foreword highlights the importance of Lennon’s “Imagine” and how its lyrics still hold relevance until today. More than 4,500 echo Ono’s message, as seen in thousands of passages added to the book’s website.
“Everybody wants to feel happy and to feel safe. And we can all help make the world a better place in our own way,” Ono wrote in her foreword.
She added that despite differences, we should treat everybody – and not just family and friends – the same. This is similar to how the pigeon as illustrated in the book is able to welcome all birds of shapes and colors.
Children from schools in the United Kingdom have been participating in various activities that were based in the Imagine book. These include writing messages on bird buntings based on Jullien’s art.
Amnesty International UK president Kate Allen said Lennon’s song is just as relevant since its release half a century back.Yoko
Even celebrities and public figures have participated with their own peace messages in the website. These include Juliet Stevenson, Hollie McNish, and Richard Curtis. Other authors and laureates such as Michael Morpurgo, Chris Riddel, and Malorie Blackman also gave support to the book.