I Have the Right to Be A Child

I Have the Right to Be A Child

Book - 2012
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With a very simple text accompanied by rich, vibrant illustrations a young narrator describes what it means to be a child with rights -- from the right to food, water and shelter, to the right to go to school, to the right to be free from violence, to the right to breathe clean air, and much more. The book emphasizes that these rights belong to every child on the planet, whether they are "black or white, small or big, rich or poor, born here or somewhere else." It also makes evident that knowing and talking about these rights are the first steps toward making sure that they are respected.

A brief afterword explains that the rights outlined in the book come from the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989. The treaty sets out the basic human rights that belong to children all over the world, recognizing that children need special protection since they are more vulnerable than adults. It has been ratified by 193 countries, with the exception of Somalia and the United States. Once a country has ratified the document, they are legally bound to comply with it and to report on their efforts to do so. As a result, some progress has been made, not only in awareness of children's rights, but also in their implementation. But there are still many countries, wealthy and poor, where children's basic needs are not being met.

To read a summary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, go to www.unicef.org/crc/files/Rights_overview.pdf.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781554981496
Branch Call Number: J323.3 Se EASY
Characteristics: [41] p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Mixter, Helen
Fronty, Aurélia

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SPL_Childrens Nov 16, 2012

What, exactly, does “the right to be a child” mean? In its “Declaration of the Rights of the Child,” the United Nations, on November 20, 1956, identified the rights that children everywhere should expect to have. They have been explained and beautifully illustrated for young children in a new picture book by author Alain Serres and artist Aurelia Fronty.
Children have the right to enough food to eat and enough water to drink in order to grow and be healthy. They have the right to shelter and to be cared for by their family. They have the right to breathe clean air and the right to attend school and learn, without having to pay. Girls and boys alike, of every country, whether they are “black or white, small or big, rich or poor, born here or somewhere else,” have the right to be respected and to be treated equally. Children have the right to be safe from violence such as war and child abuse. They also have the right to be “cured with the best medicines that were ever invented” and to be helped if they have special needs.
Since 1956, 193 countries/states have adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. However, in many parts of the world (including some of the world’s richest countries), the basic needs and rights of some children are still not being met. The young narrator of this book asks “When will all children everywhere really have their rights respected?” Alain Serres, a former kindergarten teacher in Paris, is now an author and the founder of the French-language publishing house “Rue du Monde”, which specializes in books that help children question and imagine their world.
A short afterword to this engaging book, translated from the original French publication, further explains the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. November 20 is known as Universal Children’s Day, observed each year to honour children, celebrate childhood, and promote the welfare of children everywhere.

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SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 10

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