Three Lines in a Circle
The Exciting Life of the Peace Symbol
Written by Michael G. Long
Illustrated by Carlos Vélez
One line straight down. One line to the right. One line to the left, then a circle. That was all—just three lines in a circle.
This bold picture book tells the story of the peace symbol—designed in 1958 by a London activist protesting nuclear weapons—and how it inspired people all over the world. Depicting the symbol’s travels from peace marches and liberation movements to the end of apartheid and the fall of the Berlin Wall, Three Lines in a Circle offers a message of inspiration to today’s children and adults who are working to create social change. An author’s note provides historical background and a time line of late twentieth-century peace movements.
A free, printable activity sheet inspired by the book can be found at www.flyawaybooks.com/resources.
“Recounts the origins of the peace sign for a new generation of young activists. . . . Empowering.”
“Vibrant throngs of all kinds of people fill the pages. . . . Grounded in the discussion of a design, the heart of peace beats on.”
“Vibrant, layered protest scenes and moody evening skies seem lifted from the walls of an impressionist gallery in this picture book detailing the origins and enduring influence of the peace sign.”
“It's a joy to see, page by page, how many places around the world and how many different movements this symbol came to influence, as it took on broader meanings of peace and acceptance. . . . The bright, colorful, detailed illustrations give us a sense of the great swelling of desire to create a livable, loving world.”
—Spirituality & Practice
“The words and illustrations work symbiotically to show the peace symbol’s adoption around the world.”
—Englewood Review of Books
“A short, bright look at the history and proliferation of the peace symbol. . . . Highly worthy for any school that covers social justice, nuclear disarmament, the 1960’s or protest movements.”
—Kiss the Book
“Offers a message of inspiration to today's children and adults who are working to create social change. . . . Entertaining, informative, and thoroughly 'kid friendly' in organization and presentation.”
—Midwest Book Review
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