Wednesday, March 4, 2015

We Are All Born Free - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

We Are All Born Free

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
in Pictures

Published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books

On the 10th December 1948, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed, protecting the rights of people from all countries. Never more than now do we need a timely reminder of how important the declaration is, and how human rights groups such as Amnesty International tirelessly campaign to preserve this most important declaration.

Given recent headlines (which we won't be drawn into a discussion about here) the importance of being able to share a book with your children that outlines those rights in clear terms that they can understand and appreciate from a very young age cannot be understated. Bringing together an enviable list of talented illustrators to contribute to this luscious book - with sales royalties donated to Amnesty International - should ensure that the book's core message are brought across, shared, enjoyed even. Above all, not taken for granted.

We spent a lot of time with the book. Charlotte's school is already extremely forward thinking when it comes to promoting the ideology behind the UDHR and as parents, having a vitally important book to underline those values is an absolute godsend.

Reprinted here for the first time since 2008, as we said at the top of the review there really is no better time for it. A hugely important impactive book that should be on the shelves of every school library, and indeed on your shelf too.

Charlotte's best bit: Nicholas Allan's utterly brilliant illustrations based around our right to education.

Daddy's Favourite bit: So amazingly compiled, the illustrators list reads like a "who's who" of all our favourite talented folk, and the lessons imparted here - not dumbed down, but imparted so effectively for a children's book, are more important now than ever.

(Kindly sent to us for review by Frances Lincoln Children's Books)