One for your shelves?

On December 10th, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will celebrate its 60th anniversary.  To commemorate this event, consider adding this CHILDREN’S book to your collection:

Amnesty International. We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures. London: Frances Lincoln Children’s, 2008.

As the review in Publishers Weekly (9/29/08) describes, this is an easy introduction “to the complicated subject of human rights.” 

The Amnesty International site has a nice page on the book including a few illustrations.

I’m very intrigued by the interpretation of Article 28.  [“Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.”]  Chris Riddell illustrates this concept with a dragon in the middle of a mess. 

And, for Article 11 [“Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence. . . ], artist Polly Dunbar incorporates a sweet little girl, a spilled vase of flowers and the feet of her parents.

Story time in the library anyone?

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