Monday, January 5, 2009

Non-Fiction Monday: Every Human Has Rights

Every Human Has Rights: A Photographic Declaration for Kids is one of the books that come along that I can honestly recommend to everyone. Children, parents, libraries, etc. will all benefit from having this National Geographic book on their shelves, as it provides beautiful photographs and loads of great, diverse information to learn from.

Beginning with a foreword from Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, this slim non-fiction volume introduces the reader to the world of humans rights. Each page has beautiful photographs, along with a specific right each human has, accompanied unique poetry, done by children around the world. The last few pages include the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and an index. A lot of stuff, but it makes this title SO GOOD.

At times the photos and poems are heartbreaking, as in the poem "Trapped," which is accompanied by the photo of a boy with his head in his hands and right #7: "Everyone has the right to be treated equally before the law." At the same time you have wonderful glimpses of hope, as shown with the right #15: "You have the right to belong to a country." Accompanying that is an uplifting poem by an eleven year old and beautiful photos of smiling children, each holding their country's flag.

National Geographic produces photo books like no other I've seen and the impact the poems make is magnificent. Unfortunately, the main focus is of injustice, making the book somewhat unsuitable for the younger crowd, however I can still recommend it to their parents as a tool to teach their children what is right for all.

Overall, a beautiful book worthy of awards. I loved it.

For more information, or to purchase, click on the above book cover to link to Amazon.

Every Human Has Rights: A Photographic Declaration for Kids
National Geographic
48pages
Middle Grade
National Geographic Children's Books
November 2008
ISBN: 9781426305115

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