Author:Michael G. Long
Illustrator:Carlos Vélez
Publisher:Flyaway Books
Dimensions:9 x 11 in.
Age:3–7 years

Three Lines in a Circle: The Exciting Life of the Peace Symbol

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Selected to accompany the current exhibition Give Me a Sign, on view at Cooper Hewitt through September 2, 2024, and past exhibition Designing Peace, on view at from June 10, 2022 to August 6 2023.
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Three Lines in a Circle tells the history of the peace symbol and how it became a powerful icon used in marches and movements around the world.

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.

Michael G. Long has written books for all ages on civil rights and peacemaking in mid-century America, including the stories of Martin Luther King Jr., Bayard Rustin, Jackie Robinson, and Mister Rogers. He lives in Pennsylvania.

Carlos Vélez has illustrated more than twenty books for children and has been recognized with illustration awards from the Catalog of Illustrators of Children's and Youth Publications and the National Fund for Culture and the Arts. He lives in Mexico City.


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