This book, Imagine, is about peace, which helps us enjoy a happy and safe life. For peace to flourish, we need to treat everyone kindly, equally, and fairly. We can all stand up for peace and help to make the world a better place.
Yoko Ono Lennon has kindly allowed John Lennon’s wonderful words to be used in this book. The artist Jean Jullien has created the beautiful pictures.
We are publishing the book because its words and illustrations will support Amnesty International’s work to help protect human rights all over the world. Please write your message of peace now and tell all your friends about it.
John Lennon was a singer, songwriter, peace and human rights activist, author, artist, and continues to be a worldwide inspiration. Born in 1940 in Liverpool, England, he rose to fame with his band The Beatles in the 1960s, and went on to have an acclaimed solo career until his death in 1980. Lennon’s marriage and collaboration with artist Yoko Ono inspired his iconic peace anthem “Imagine.” Lennon’s books, which are collections of his stories and drawings, include In His Own Write, A Spaniard in the Works, Skywriting by Word of Mouth, AI – Japan Through John Lennon’s Eyes, and Real Love- the Drawings for Sean.
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Yoko Ono Lennon is an artist whose thought-provoking work challenges people’s understanding of art and the world around them. From the beginning of her career, she was a conceptualist whose work encompassed performance, instructions, film, music, sculpture, installation, and writing. Born in Tokyo, she moved to New York at age twenty and opened her Chambers Street loft in 1960, where she hosted exhibitions and performances. She has shown her work all over the world, including several films and her first retrospective in France in 2016. In 2007, Ono created the permanent installation IMAGINE PEACE TOWER on Viðey Island, Iceland, and continues to work tirelessly for peace with her IMAGINE PEACE campaign. In 2009, Ono received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the Venice Biennale.
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Jean Jullien is a French graphic artist currently based in London. He comes from Nantes and did a graphic design degree in Quimper before coming to London. His practice ranges from illustration to photography, video, costumes, installations, books, posters, and clothing to create a coherent yet eclectic body of work. In 2011, he founded Jullien Brothers, a duo that specializes in moving images. He is the illustrator of several celebrated books for children.
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Amnesty International is a movement of millions of ordinary people around the world standing up for humanity and human rights. We aim to protect individuals wherever justice, fairness, freedom, and truth are denied. We won the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.
Clarion Books fuses a tradition of quality with an active search for diverse, timely content and fresh approaches that resonate with today’s young readers. Clarion Books is an imprint within the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Division. For nearly two centuries, HMH has published some of the world’s most renowned novels, nonfiction, reference works, and books for young readers.
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The Creative Corporation
The Creative Corporation is an award-winning creative and digital studio based in North London, founded by David Stansbie in 2004. They produce album covers and digital creations for some of the world’s largest music artists. Often regarded as one of the leading digital studios in the music business, they have worked with the likes of The Beatles, Jimmy Page, Oasis, Katy Perry, Bee Gees, as well as legendary record labels including Motown and Capitol Studios.
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