Monday, November 21, 2011

21st November World Hello Day

Today is the 39th annual World Hello Day. Anyone can participate simply by greeting ten people. This demonstrates that you think personal communication is important for preserving peace. World Hello Day began in 1973 in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel. The day is observed now in 180 countries as an opportunity for people to express their concern for world peace. Your simple greeting sends a message to leaders encouraging them to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts.

There are several picture books which you can use to start the idea of greetings as a means of communication. Choose from:
Two suitable for very young children
Hello, Goodbye by David Lloyd and Louise Voce
The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and Chris Raschka
Two which expose children to 'hello' in many languages
Hello World! by Manya Stojic
Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora
and a poignant story about a boy who feels left out and alone while other children play together which has an underlying message about how it doesn't take much to just say 'hello'
Say Hello by Jack and Michael Foreman.

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