Peter Yarrow is best known for being part of the folk musical trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Yarrow’s current project Operation Respect encourages mutual respect between all people. “Operation Respect Program” includes a book, CD and teaching curriculum. The book is Yarrow’s second book following “Puff the Magic Dragon.” Operation Respect is not only a book but also a nonprofit, education and advocacy organization which teaches respectful, safe and compassionate behaviors.
Puff the Magic Dragon’s meaning has always been questioned and Yarrow assures time and time again it has an innocent message. Puff the Magic Dragon is a song about compassion and empathy and relates to being respectful to the differences between people. The song resonates through the ages because it touches the heart.
Operation Respect’s program curriculum can be downloaded, at; www.operationrespect.org. At this website you can find about 50 songs to download at no cost. Yarrow shares them because once children sing together they form respect for each other.
Yarrow welcomes other educators and people who work with children to develop partnerships to get the no bullying message across.
- Catching up with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary (arts.nationalpost.com)