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We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures Hardcover – October 1, 2008


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  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845076508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845076504
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2–6—Proclaimed by the United Nations on December 10, 1948, these rights apply to every child and adult throughout the world. Amnesty International has taken the 30 articles that comprise the Declaration and simplified them in such a way that they are clear to elementary school students. Each right is illustrated by an international array of well-known artists. Some of the pictures are downright cozy, such as Bob Graham's peacefully sleeping child surrounded by toys for Article 12, "Nobody should try to harm our good name." It is followed by Alan Lee's somber pen-and-ink drawing of folded paper cranes that have come to grief on a barbed-wire fence. The text of Article 13 reads: "We all have the right to go where we want in our own country and to travel abroad as we wish." Other artistic interpretations are provided by John Burningham, Niki Daly, Polly Dunbar, Jessica Souhami, and Satoshi Kitamura. This is an important book, best shared with children in a setting where discussion of both the rights and the illustrations is encouraged.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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*Starred Review* Amnesty International has promoted the values contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for the last 60 years. To honor the signing of the document, each of its 30 articles, written in terms children can understand, is illustrated here by artists who beautifully bring these concepts, both basic and profound, to a child’s level. In the first spread—“We all have the right to life, and to live in freedom and safety”—John Burningham portrays a park in which children of all races and colors play together, capturing not just the image but the essence of the words. Some of the statements are not easy to illustrate for this audience, but the artists are up to the task. For instance, Jane Ray represents “Nobody has any right to hurt us or to torture us” in the form of a bloodied Raggedy Ann–style doll, shown across two pages on an expanse of white. The pictures range from realistic to fanciful; some of the art mixes both. Handsomely reproduced, the illustrations expand and enhance the powerful words. So much to look at, so much to discuss. Grades K-3. --Ilene Cooper

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I had been waiting for the release of this book and was so excited when I finally purchased it.
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This books is a must for every elementary school classroom.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. Wolfe on November 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am so excited about this book; it is really a great addition to your library. I teach third grade and I bought two copies-- one for my classroom and another for the eighth grade teacher. If you have religion lessons in your school (I teach at a Catholic school) this can also really help supplement lessons about compassion, dignity, etc.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anne G. Koza on April 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful and beautiful book that provides a simiplified version of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, to which this country presumably agreed to. It was published by Amnesty International and the artists donated their illustrations, so the profits go to Amnesty International. The book is similar to our bill of rights. I am taking classes for my TESOL certificate and will teach a citizenship class soon. The book would be nice to use. At least this country will still allow this book to be used, although those who think torture is acceptable by the U.S. Government will think the book is too "liberal." This book would be too incendiary to be used in most countries of the world, including some parts of the U.S. Everyone who thinks they are free should read this book and do some serious reflecting about what we allow our government to do in our name.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Fowler TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Every child has rights, especially the right to be "born free and equal." It wasn't always that way and until The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written and "proclaimed by the United Nations on 10 December 1948," many children suffered and perished in unspeakable ways. The world still has a long way to go, but the Declaration is held by many to be a universal truth and necessity. In this book the Universal Declaration for Human Rights is presented in words and pictures by many artists from around the world. This publication of this beautiful book coincides with its 60th anniversary.

"We are all born free and equal.
We all have our own thoughts and ideas.
We should all be treated in the same way,

These rights belong to everybody,
whatever our differences."

I loved the paraphrasing of the thirty articles by Amnesty International and the collective art work was simply amazing. The `round the world flavor was evident and I recognized the styles of many of the artists who contributed to this work. In the back of the book are the thirty articles and a yearbook presentation fo the artists, each with a miniature biography beneath their photograph. There are additional international Amnesty International addresses and web site addresses. This book should be in every home and classroom . . . without exception!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
All royalties from the sale of We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures will be donated to Amnesty International. Published to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, We Are All Born Free depicts each article with a colorful, two-page illustration by an internationally known artist. "Everyone has the right to own things or share them. Nobody should take our things from us without a good reason." A two-page spread in the back of the book repeats all of the written articles for easy reference. We Are All Born Free is a powerful reminder of fundamental human rights and dignity, and a welcome addition to public library children's collections.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Happy to Be a MOM on October 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I had been waiting for the release of this book and was so excited when I finally purchased it. I think that it is a must have for your child's library if you are interested in promoting your child's sense of awareness about important issue pertaining to basic human rights. The one thing I would note is that I don't think it necessarily 'speaks' to 5 year olds. I think you might have to simplify it a bit more for audiences that young. However, I think its appropriate for audiences as mature as teenagers and adults. The illustrations are really entertaining. I think they should be made into wall prints. I would reccomend this. Especially considering that all proceeds go to Amnesty International.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meg on February 17, 2013
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It's never too early to introduce the idea of fundamental human rights to a child. The illustrations are simply beautiful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. King on January 17, 2011
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This books is a must for every elementary school classroom. While the ideas, even when written for children, are complex, the illustrations are beautiful, and each whimsical illustration speaks volumes and will stick with both adult and child. My students loved the book, and I love that they're being introduced to the ideas within its pages: that each person has value and deserves to be treated in a certain way. It's a fantastic way to communicate to kids that not all people--many people in fact--don't have these rights that many of us take for granted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isabel Taylor on January 13, 2011
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This book is beautifully done, with charming illustrations, and the explanation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in words and pictures, and is really appropriate for all children (maybe over the age of 4) and all adults. We love it!
We gave two copies, one to each daughter, for Christmas, and also gave directly to some of the grandchildren!
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