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This book comprises fourteen of the most pertinent rights, which have been retold in a simple and evocative text that can be understood by every child. Each right has been interpreted in a stunning double-page spread by some of the world's most acclaimed artists.
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This book comprises fourteen of the most pertinent rights, which have been retold in a simple and evocative text that can be understood by every child. Each right has been interpreted in a stunning double-page spread by some of the world's most acclaimed artists.
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In 1989, the UN adopted their Convention of the Rights of the Child, a document detailing 54 principle rights for children worldwide. Now 14 of those rights -- those thought to be most applicable to a child's everyday life -- are highlighted with the words of Caroline Castle and interpreted through the illustrations of 14 internationally renowned artists, including Caldecott Honor Award winners Jerry Pinkney and Rachel Isadora. The artists represent a wide range of nationalities and use every type of medium, from pen-and-ink and crayon to oil pastels and acrylics.

The text of the book addresses such things as the right to not be hurt, the right to live and grow, and the right to speak and be heard. Each right is accompanied by a two-page illustration, each one created by a different artist. The end result is a cornucopia of colors, mediums, expressions, and interpretations. The book also offers a highly moving foreword from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the full text of the highlighted rights in the back of the book. Combine that with the illustrative variety and multi-national flavor, and you have a children's book that will likely enlighten and entertain adults as well. As an added incentive, $1.50 from each book sold will be donated to UNICEF.

--Beth Amos

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Published in association with UNICEF, this book presents 14 of the 54 principles adopted at the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and pairs each with illustrations by an international cast of all-stars. On the first spread, text beginning with "Whoever we are, wherever we live, these rights belong to all children under the sun and the moon and the stars" accompanies Rachel Isadora's picture of a multicultural lineup of children. Rendered in black and white, the children each hold an instrument in their hands, and above their heads hovers the "music"--a brightly colored array of abstract shapes. On the next page, Henriette Sauvant supplies a surreal oil painting for "Understand that all children are precious...." Also represented are Babette Cole, with a sprightly watercolor and pastel composition featuring her signature slyly humorous nudies, and Jerry Pinkney, who crafts a contemplative seaside study. From John Burningham to Satoshi Kitamura, Shirley Hughes to P.J. Lynch, the artists present distinctly different styles. In theory, the range of stylistic approaches seems compatible with the global reach of the text; unfortunately, the striking differences tend to detract from the strengths of each composition. The work seems fractured, not in harmony with the unifying message of the text. All ages. (Jan.) FYI: $1.50 per book sold will be donated to UNICEF. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Fourteen important rights of children everywhere have been retold with simple text and illustrated in a double-page spread by some of the world's most acclaimed artists. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has written the forward. A donation will be made to the U.S. Fund of UNICEF for each book sold. A worthwhile and meaningful family gift. 2001, Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, $16.99. Ages 5 to 10. Reviewer: C. Henebry SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
Children's Literature
Fourteen of the "most pertinent" rights from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are retold as if by the children. They are for all children, and include the right to receive care, a place to live, protection from cruelty, sickness, hunger, and war, education, time to play, and freedom of worship. Fourteen artists from several countries each interpret a "right" in double- page scenes that range from Babette Cole's scantily drawn flower boy to Yang Tswei-Yu's dreamy young girl's reflection. Each vision is a personal, powerful response to the text. Muñoz's almost crudely drawn hands are "in our faces," telling us that children must be protected, while Hughes's poignant multiple portraits of youngsters in distress cry out for us to shelter them. The Foreword is by Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu. There is a list of illustrators with brief biographical information, along with the actual text of the featured rights from the UN Convention. From each book sold, $1.50 will be donated to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. 2001, Phyllis Fogelman Books/Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, $16.99. Ages 6 up. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Fourteen of the rights that were formally laid out by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are highlighted. The book begins with an introduction by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who asks readers to help make a difference. One double-page spread is devoted to each featured tenet, which is illustrated by a different artist. Some of the pictures are bold and dramatic, while others are quiet and subdued. Some are whimsical and others are serious. All bring home the point. Each illustration covers almost the entire spread, with the text on a small strip of white at the bottom. The artists include John Burningham, Shirley Hughes, Rachel Isadora, Satoshi Kitamura, and Jerry Pinkney. The book concludes with biographical sketches of the artists and additional details about the rights.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803726505
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Phyllis Fogelman Bks.
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 10.72 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2001

    Learning about Children's Rights to Create Respect for All

    In 1989, the United Nations adopted 54 principles in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. If you are like me, you are probably unaware of what these rights are. This beautifully illustrated book captures almost a third of the rights in a way that will help your child expand her or his awareness of the problems that other children face. In the process, you can help your child to learn how to become an effective, caring person. In the United States, each sale will generate a donation of $1.50 for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Archbishop Desmond Tutu writes in his foreword about the purpose of the book which is ' . . . to create a new kind of society . . . where children's rights are respected and protected.' He cites many of the horrors we have all seen about children, including the napalmed little girl in Viet Nam whose photographic image will always haunt our dreams. What are some of these rights? Here are a few: ' . . . [A]lways do your best for us whenever we are in your care.' Right Number 3 'All children hould be allowed to live and grow . . . until . . . we can decide things for ourselves.' Right Number 6 'Every one of us shall have a name and a land of our own.' Right Number 7 'Keep our families together . . . [or] look after us and love us just the same.' Right Number 9 'Allow us to tell you what we are thinking or feeling.' Right Number 13 'No one on Earth has the right to hurt us . . . .' Right Number 19 'If we are disabled . . . treasure us especially and give us . . . care.' Right Number 23 'Teach us all to read and write . . . .' Rights Number 28 and 29 'Allow us to say our prayers in our own words . . . .' Right Number 30 'In times of war . . . shelter us and protect us from all harm.' Right Number 38 While you may not agree with each nuance of the wording, the book provides the opportunity for your youngster to discover that other children face fundamental challenges. That can lead to a natural inquiry into what can be done to help. You can discuss this in your own way, but you may find it valuable to help your child know what his or her choices are. These could include helping other children in your own community who need care, learning to be a good parent, and raising money to share with less fortunate children wherever they live. Archbishop Tutu's comments are more appropriate for adults than for children, so you will probably want to wait to discuss what he has to say until your child is of an appropriate maturity to know more about the horrors of when children's rights are violated. The reading level for that material is beyond young children, so you are unlikely to have your child reading and comprehending this material before age 7. It is neutrally written, but will probably generate pointed questions. In a way, it is valuable to you in being able to create an opportunity to provide reassurance for your own child that she or he is safe and loved. Many children have vague fears in these areas that they are reluctant to raise with adults. No review of this book would be complete without mentioning the many beautiful two-page illustrations in

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