A picture book based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, I Have a Right to be a Child is endorsed by Amnesty International. Each page is based on a different article from the Convention. Topics include food and water, housing, gender, race, poverty and war. What are rights? Who has rights? What does it mean to have rights in the 21st century? What do rights mean to different children in different parts of the world? In 1989, world leaders decided that children needed a special convention incorporating all the minimum entitlements and freedoms of all children that should be respected by governments. The Convention on the Rights of the Child comprises of 54 articles and has been signed by 193 countries. This exquisitely beautiful picture book takes the articles of the Convention and translates them into a language children can understand, in a non-preachy manner and with full-page artwork to illustrate each of these articles. Topics covered include food and water, healthcare, housing, poverty, international development, gender, race, the environment, disability, education, citizenship, family, war and freedom of speech. I Have the Right to be a Child is endorsed by Amnesty International. - REVIEWS - "This book is lovely and is certainly an important addition to every child's bookcase. 'I Have the Right to Be A Child' is an essential education to all children, everywhere." -- THE GUARDIAN. "This beautifully illustrated book takes key articles of the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child and presents them as deceptively simple - but open - questions that explore the nature of, necessity for, and responsibilities that must accompany our 'rights' as citizens of this planet. Every turn of the page reveals a new opportunity to explore assumptions about our entitlements as human beings, and consider the implications of turning them into a ratified treaty. For example, 'If girls and boys are different, can our rights be exactly the same?' 'Can playing be a right too?' 'How about the right to breathe clean air?'Intended to provoke both independent thought and group discussion, this slim little paperback certainly has the potential to become an immensely valuable KS2 resource - as well as being an appealing, inspiring and accessible read in its own, well, right." -- TEACH PRIMARY. "This is a book of great depth that will repay the reader on several levels. A book for every school library." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
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Alain Serres was a kindergarten teacher who was inspired by his young students to write children’s books. He has since published more than one hundred titles for children of all ages, many of which have been translated into other languages. In 1996 Serres founded the highly regarded French publishing house Rue du Monde, whose mission is to provide children with books that allow them to question and imagine the world. He lives in Paris.
Aure´lia Fronty studied textile design at l’E´cole Duperre´ in Paris and worked in fashion before she began to illustrate children’s books. Her colorful, nai¨ve-style art is inspired by her Catalan roots as well as her travels in Africa, Asia and South America. She has illustrated more than forty titles, which have been published around the world. She has also exhibited her art in France and in the United Kingdom. She lives in Montreuil, France.
I am a child with eyes, hands, a voice, a heart and rights.
I have the right to a first name, a last name, a family that smiles at me, and a country that is my home.
I have the right to have enough food to eat and water to drink so that I can grow. My favorite thing is an orange. You can eat it or drink its juice!
I have the right to live under a roof, to be warm but not too hot, not to be poor and to have just enough of what I need, not more.
I have the right to be cured with the best medicines that were ever invented.
And to run and jump and climb and shout:
“It’s so wonderful to feel good!”
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