Children's LiteratureFor many people, the issues of slavery and child labor only appears in the history books. Yet, within most countries, United States included, slavery and child labor still exist. Shirlee Newman brings this problem to light. The book is introduced with the case of Iqbal Masih, a child slave turned activist, then with simple language and thorough explanations moves into such areas as, "Debt Bondage," "Children as Property," and "Working in the Fields." In addition, Newman tackles the issue of child labor in our history as well as its status now. With numerous photographs and excellent information, various issues confronting child labor are explained, and small information windows provide more depth. There is a glossary for the highlighted terms in the text and a bibliography for further exploration. Most important, Newman explains how people can get involved, and she lists "Organizations and On-line Sites" for students to visit if they decide to get involved. A part of the "History of Slavery" series. 2000, Franklin Watts, $24.00 and $8.95. Ages 10 to 18. Reviewer: John D. Orsborn
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-6-These titles treat slavery in their respective venues. Greece and Rome discusses the dependence of those societies on slavery as an institution through its decline. In tandem with an attractive, open layout, judicious use of maps, photographs, and reproductions serves to break up the dry text, which communicates the facts clearly, but without much verve. Child Slavery is a much more readable volume, due in part to its reliance on personal narratives. Five chapters give an overview of contemporary child slavery, the idea of children as property, domestic slavery, work in factories and sweat shops, and agricultural servitude. The scope and range of the practice are truly shocking, as is the extent of the exploitation in the United States, where many children work as migrant laborers or in sweatshops. As attractively laid out as its companion volume, Child Slavery includes numerous black-and-white and color photographs of exploited young people, guaranteed to raise readers' level of consciousness. While neither volume is as forceful in impact as James Haskins's Bound for America (Lothrop, 1999), both provide sound information on an unfortunately timeless topic.-Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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