Inthe United Nations formally adopted fifty four principles that make up the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child For this breathtaking picture book the fourteen declarations that are most relevant to children s everyday lives have been retold by Caroline Castle in a simple, evocative text, each one interpreted in a stunning double page illustration by a different artist from around the world These well known contributors include two Americans, both major award winners Jerry Pinkney and Rachel IsadoraUNICEF has declared that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child stands alone as the single most comprehensive instrument of human rights law However, not nearly enough people know of this important document s existence, and the new Millennium has presented the opportunity to draw attention to these rights Some of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child s are paired with illustrations from different artists The full declarations are included in the back. I like the idea of this book but have a problem with its failure to deal with children s participation rights bored as all get out with the focus on protection and provision these rights are meaningless unless we see them as offering children a way to be active agents of their own lives I m auditing a course on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child As I was working on it, I kept thinking it would be great to have a picture book of this important document Then I found this book It isn t complete, but it covers the most important parts of the CRC Each page features a different illustrator It would be a wonderful complement to The Big Book For Peace and On the Wings of Peace Highly recommended For every child, is a book promoting the rights of children in words and pictures The book includes 14 of the 54 rights and explains to children how these apply to them Each double page relates to a different right of the child and is supported by an illustration by a different author The pictures are extremely clear and can be used independently to encourage thinking and discussion This non fiction book could be used as a resource in PSHE as it could encourage children to think about these For every child, is a book promoting the rights of children in words and pictures The book includes 14 of the 54 rights and explains to children how these apply to them Each double page relates to a different right of the child and is supported by an illustration by a different author The pictures are extremely clear and can be used independently to encourage thinking and discussion This non fiction book could be used as a resource in PSHE as it could encourage children to think about these rights and how they could apply them in their treatment of others Children could also use these rights as a reflection point when they have behaved badly or mistreated another child This book could be read independently or as a large group across the primary school Why I love it This book is so lovingly made it s impossible not to love it Each page has a full spread of the artists visualization of the right that is written below Each page is gripping in it s love and tenderness A couple are cute, like the one where Rubette Cole paints a baby head just starting to bloom from a flower and in a progression shows how he grows up to be a young man running to start his own life Most are serious children, beautifully painted, but all are happy and healthy A Why I love it This book is so lovingly made it s impossible not to love it Each page has a full spread of the artists visualization of the right that is written below Each page is gripping in it s love and tenderness A couple are cute, like the one where Rubette Cole paints a baby head just starting to bloom from a flower and in a progression shows how he grows up to be a young man running to start his own life Most are serious children, beautifully painted, but all are happy and healthy And as Archbishop Desmond M Tutu writes in the forward In this book you will see many pictures of children as they should be Happy, healthy, laughing, learning, holding securely to adults they can trust, who will protect and uphold their inalienable rights the rights formally laid out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child These are the rights of all children everywhere and always.As my friend, Joanna Marple, says on her blog on PPBF Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill s Perfect Picture Books Have a Greaaat weekend XXOO Yes yes yes The UN rights of a child distilled A world that honors these would be a wonderful world indeed. LSU 20 An Extraordinarily Important Book for and About ChildrenIndeed, this is a beautiful book the work of the superb illustrators in this book for example, Rachel Isadora, Jerry Pinkney have graced many wonderful picture here these extraordinarily talented artists use their precious gifts to convey a supremely important message Herein lies the book s true value, the central tenets of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified in 1989, a decade after the 1979 UN Year of the Child, in An Extraordinarily Important Book for and About ChildrenIndeed, this is a beautiful book the work of the superb illustrators in this book for example, Rachel Isadora, Jerry Pinkney have graced many wonderful picture here these extraordinarily talented artists use their precious gifts to convey a supremely important message Herein lies the book s true value, the central tenets of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified in 1989, a decade after the 1979 UN Year of the Child, in honor of Janusz Korczak, the Polish pediatrician, children s book writer, orphanage director, and educator, who literally invented the phrase of acting in the best interest of the child, upon which this ground breaking international treaty is based The central tenet of the UN Treaty and the tenets of Dr Korczak, which inspired them, is The Child s Right to Respect, to borrow the title from one of the Old Doctor s books In addition to basic physical needs, the emotional needs of children must be taken into account Children have a right to explore and define themselves in their own terms, for children, according to Korczak, are people not people to be, not people of tomorrow, but people now, right now today The child has a right to be allowed to live and grow and grow and grow until we are grown up and can decide things for ourselves Right no 6 In other words, we must accept children on their terms Right 23 speaks to children with disabilities, while Right 31 proclaims the right to have time to play, in other words, to use their imagination and define their world I cannot think of any messageimportant for adults to share with children parents, teachers, and caretakers alike To quote Janusz Korczak onetime, The child Already human The society Not yet humane This critically important book is a critically important step in reversing this situation anyone who cares about justice, about morals and ethics, about the future owes it to him or herself to read this book and then share it with at least one child Each page is from a different illustrator