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Children's LiteratureThis well-done series of books, designed for upper-elementary-school students, describes the impact of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child enacted in 1989. This title discusses the right of every child to an education and uses five personal stories from around the world concerning the struggle for an education. Children in our country have little understanding or knowledge of the struggle many of the world's children have to receive an education. The personal stories from Nepal, Kashmir, and Kosovo, for instance, bring to light the hardships of many children and their families. The stories, accompanied by wonderful color photos, are powerful while illustrating that children have similar desires the world over. Children's Rights on a worldwide basis is an issue rarely discussed by children in this country. This book presents a balanced, realistic look at issues facing many of the world's children and promotes understanding on issues such as immigration and diversity within our own country. It is an excellent resource for discussion in Social Studies classrooms. 2005 (orig.2004), Smart Apple Media, Ages 8 to 11.
—Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.