A Tale of Two Dale Chihuly’s – Part 2

In Part 1, I discovered a magnificent Dale Chihuly work of art at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia.  The glass structure is 21 feet tall and titled “Flame of Liberty”.  In the same museum is a Peace Portal, a structure with wrought iron legs and a stained glass canopy.  I recreated that Peace Portal in my classroom, with heavy cardboard tubes for legs that children decorated, and ‘stained glass’ created by children for the canopy.

That Peace Portal drew children in.  They wanted to be there, under the canopy.  I interviewed the children, asking them how it felt sitting beneath a Peace Portal.  Their answers were astounding, and became poetry.  It was natural that a classroom poetry book was born, The Aqua Room Peace Poetry Book.

Part 2
I would like to read that book to you:

Stayed tuned for Part 3, my second Dale Chihuly.  It’s a wonderful story.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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64 Responses to A Tale of Two Dale Chihuly’s – Part 2

  1. barbtaub says:

    Best book of peace poetry ever! Thanks Aqua Room poets. You have so much to teach us.

  2. beetleypete says:

    That’s a great project, Jennie, and the completed book is a gem.
    I was interested in the differnces of our accents. You pronounce Aqua Room ‘Ark-wah’, whereas I would always say ‘Akk-Wa’. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Pete. I’m glad you like the book. I mean to say ‘ahk’ like the vowel sound in ‘clock’ and wa like the vowel sound in ‘duh’. It is definitely interesting to hear different accents! Best to you, Pete.

  3. Ritu says:

    I feel heart-y
    So lovely, Jennie!🌈💜

  4. beth says:

    what a great book –

  5. srbottch says:

    Peace makes me hopeful😊

  6. Darlene says:

    That is just so wonderful!! Kids tell it like it is, don´t they. xo

  7. Oh how I loved this. Smiled through the entire story as I filled with peace and was a little teary at the end. Children are so very wise.

  8. That is a wonderful book. The wisdom of children is spot on! Thank you for sharing this book, Jennie! ❤

  9. Excellent, Jennie. What a super book.

  10. A. L. Kaplan says:

    Absolutely wonderful! I wish I’d had you as a teacher.

  11. A. L. Kaplan says:

    Reblogged this on alkaplan and commented:
    This art inspired poetry book is priceless.

  12. This is such a wonderful book, Jennie. 💖

  13. Dan Antion says:

    What a wonderful project, Jennie – good job!

  14. petespringerauthor says:

    Brilliant! I am impressed by the child who used the vocabulary word “hearty” and the child who wrote, “peace is my mom and dad.”

  15. Kudos to the authors! They gave me new insights into just how multifacted peace can be.

  16. TanGental says:

    Before lockdown, 2019 Dale had a huge instalation at Kew Gardens here in london. Stunning. Looking forward to your class’s reactions

  17. Norah says:

    Gorgeous, Jennie.

  18. This book is definitely a unique gem, and remembers me on the result of art lessons in the highschool. You pupils are very creative, and this – i am sure – is depending on their teacher. Michael

  19. What a wonderful book, Jennie. I just loved the illustrations. So cute and some amazing talents! Thanks so much for reading it. That was fun. Congrats to all the kids!

  20. What a lovely idea, Jennie.

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