Three Lines in a Circle: The Exciting Life of the Peace Symbol
Illustrated By: Carlos Vélez
Stock No: WW7888326
Three Lines in a Circle: The Exciting Life of the Peace Symbol  -     By: Michael G. Long
    Illustrated By: Carlos V&#233lez

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

Illustrated By: Carlos Vélez
Flyaway Books / 2021 / Hardcover

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Title: Three Lines in a Circle: The Exciting Life of the Peace Symbol
By: Michael G. Long
Illustrated By: Carlos Vélez
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 40
Vendor: Flyaway Books
Publication Date: 2021
Dimensions: 11 X 9 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound
ISBN: 1947888323
ISBN-13: 9781947888326
Ages: 3-7
Stock No: WW7888326

Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

"Vibrant throngs of all kinds of people fill the pages . . . Grounded in the discussion of a design, the heart of peace beats on." —Kirkus Reviews


"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." Foreword Reviews


"Recounts the origins of the peace sign for a new generation of young activists . . . Empowering." —Publishers Weekly


"The words and illustrations work symbiotically to show the peace symbol's adoption around the world." ⁠—Englewood Review of Books


"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


"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

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