Stolen Dreams: Portraits of Working Children

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Photographs and text document working children especially in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and Mexico. Includes a chapter on Iqbal Masih, the child labor activist from Pakistan.

Photographs and text document working children especially in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and Mexico. Includes a chapter on Iqbal Masih, the child labor activist from Pakistan.

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Photographs and text document working children especially in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and Mexico. Includes a chapter on Iqbal Masih, the child labor activist from Pakistan.

Photographs and text document working children especially in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and Mexico. Includes a chapter on Iqbal Masih, the child labor activist from Pakistan.

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Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Many striking black and white photographs and an honest, thoughtful text, reveal the shocking conditions under which approximately 250 million children around the world struggle to work and survive. The author/photographer traveled in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States to document the lives of children, from age four and up, working at a wide variety of jobs ranging from soldiers and prostitutes to farm workers, carpet weavers, and brick makers. In six brief but informative chapters, the author answers basic questions like: Why do kids work?, What happens to kids who work?, and What can be done? An index, bibliography, further reading and resource sections are included.
VOYA - Kitty Krahnke
This book about the horrors of child labor around the world devines child labor as "the use of children under sixteen years old for work that is harmful to their health, education, and development." More than sixty outstanding photos serve as proof of the shameful existence of 250 million working children worldwide, with special focus on Pakistan, Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. The crisp text enhances the message and includes coverage of what the children must do, why they must work, and how they feel about their labors. The book also includes a brief history of the issue and several personal stories, such as that of Iqbal Masih, a carpet factory worker and activist in Pakistan. The text does an excellent job of providing facts and insights, but it is the photography, the actual looking into the faces of these children, with their innocence and desperation, that makes this book so powerful. This beautifully executed book will be used for reports, and more important, because of its attractive format, it will repeatedly be pulled from the shelf and read. Index. Photos. Maps. Biblio. VOYA Codes: 5Q 3P M J (Hard to imagine it being any better written, Will appeal with pushing, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
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Poignant photographs of children from many countries open this thought-provoking discussion, and it is worth noting that the author is an occupational health physician who has done research on the effects of work on adolescents. The adolescents and much younger children featured labor at rug weaving, stone carrying, prostitution, and other work in Bangladesh, Thailand, and the United States, among other places. Parker begins his substantial presentation with the story of Iqbal Masih, the Pakistani boy who gained international acclaim and was assassinated in 1995 after becoming an active leader in freeing bonded children. The dramatic picture is further sharpened by statistics: according to the International Labour Organization, "nearly 250 million children around the world work." Many individual children are introduced as the writers explain the kinds of work children do, the economic reasons children are drafted into sweatshop labor, and the effects of work on the lives of children. Affirming that work will always be important and even necessary for young people, the focus moves to political and personal actions that must be taken to ensure that children and teenagers worldwide are not exploited as workers. This hard-hitting exploration, set in a handsome volume, is a sobering reflection on contemporary childhood that will touch young people and all adults who care about them. The book concludes with a substantial bibliog-raphy of sources, a short list of well-known children's books, addresses of organizations, and an index.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822529606
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Series: Photo Books Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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