Swords to Plowshares
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This true story of violence turned to hope uses the simplicity and colorful illustrations of a picture book to recount how art teacher John P. Klassen— later a Bluffton art professor—collected bullets scattered throughout his Ukrainian village, melted them down and molded them into a lead medallion in the 1920s, which was presented to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) workers as a token of appreciation for sending food and relief supplies to the village following the Russian civil war. (48pp. full-color illus. hardcover. Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center, 2014.)
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