Every Human Has Rights: A Photographic Declaration for Kids

Every Human Has Rights: A Photographic Declaration for Kids


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The 30 rights set down in 1948 by the United Nations are incredibly powerful. According to the U.N., every human–just by virtue of being human–is entitled to freedom, a fair government, a decent standard of living, work, play, and education, freedom to come and go as we please and to associate with anyone we please, and the right to express ourselves freely. Every Human Has Rights offers kids an accessibly written list of these rights, commentary–much of it deeply emotional–by other kids, and richly evocative photography illustrating each right. At the end of this deceptively simple book, kids will know–and feel–that regardless of individual differences and circumstances, each person is valuable and worthy of respect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426305108
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 11/25/2008
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 592,769
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Mary Robinson, the first woman president of Ireland (1990–1997) and more recently the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997–2002), has been a human rights advocate for most of her life. She is the founder and president of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative and one of the Elders, a group of elder statesmen working for human rights around the world. As a professor, legislator, and lawyer, Robinson has always sought to use law as an instrument for social change, arguing landmark cases before the European Court of Human Rights as well as in the Irish courts.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC is one of the world’s leading nonfiction publishers, proudly supporting the work of scientists, explorers, photographers, and authors, as well as publishing a diverse list of books that celebrate the world and all that is in it. National Geographic Books creates and distributes print and digital works that inspire, entertain, teach, and give readers access to a world of discovery and possibility on a wide range of nonfiction subjects from animals to travel, cartography to history, fun facts to moving stories. A portion of all National Geographic proceeds is used to fund exploration, conservation, and education through ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society.

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Every Human Has Rights: A Photographic Declaration for Kids 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Hodee14 More than 1 year ago
This book is jammed packed with gorgeous pictures expressing our rights as human beings. It is a fantastic book to incorporate into a school setting, because it teaches children the importance of loving and respecting one another. I am so thankful for this purchase, and I absolutely love reading it over and over again. The inspiring text gives hope that the good will prevail in this world!
twonickels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Every Human Has Rights: A photographic declaration for kids¿ is a useful resource for anyone who wants to help children understand issues of freedom, justice, and equality in a broad international context. While the simplified version of the Declaration that is featured in the text is clear and concise, I'm glad that the full text of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights was included in an appendix. Children are going to have questions that the simplified text does not address, and having the full text immediately available to teachers and caregivers will help them to have better conversations about the book.The photos are well suited to the text, although a few may be disturbing for young children - especially in the spread about torture that features a victim of domestic violence on one page and a group of prisoners at a concentration camp on the other. Like the text, many of the pictures will raise further questions for children - this is a book that is probably best shared by a caregiver or teacher instead of read alone. Most of the photos, however, are a lovely celebration of people from around the world.The standout part of this book is the excerpts from topical childrens' writing. These are a great way to engage kids with the concepts, and could potentially lead to some wonderful writing exercises. These short thought and poems are at their best when they come from the direct experience of the child who is writing. A few of the images from these excerpts - a child watching her father go down on his knees shouting "Thank God Almighty we're free at last!", a child walking through the dark in Ethiopia - are the most moving parts of the book.I did have a few quibbles with this book, most of which have been addressed by other reviewers. The design is very busy, with text sizes and formatting changing constantly. The pages that work best are the ones that have large-format pictures and only a few sections of text. Also, some of the photo captions, which try to tie the pictures back to the text, are disjointed. Several people have mentioned the caption about gangs, which is confusing and disturbing. I also found it disappointing - but not surprising - that this picture, which is the photo that kids in my urban library are most likely to identify with, is immediately given a negative context about gangs and violence. While I have some reservations, I think this is a valuable book
heby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can honestly say this is the first time I've read the entire Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I loved this student-friendly version, the powerful photographs, passionate poetry (written by students from epals) and the global examples being shared. I found the use of font and numbered rights would make it easy for students to follow and understand the main points of each right.