Countdown Symbols & Objects

Deborah Wiles
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Duck and Cover

This is the slogan for a public-awareness campaign urging children to be aware of their surroundings in order to have a safe place to be in the event of a nuclear strike. The campaign features Bert the Turtle who teaches how, when, and where to find safety.

Uncle Otts' Medals

The medals are initially symbols of Uncle Otts' military service and his heroism, but they come to have a different meaning for him as he considers the current political situation and worries about the safety of the family. By then, he has taken time to consider the others who died in military service, and the medals seem to represent the guilt he feels over those deaths. After Franny is hurt trying to save Margie, Uncle Otts gives her one of the medals, indicating that he has come to accept them again as symbols of...

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