The Carpet Boy's Gift / by Pegi Deitz Shea, illustrated by Leane Morin
Title: The Carpet Boy's Gift
Concepts: child schooling and work, labor
Review: Nadeem, a young Pakistani boy, works in a carpet factory seven days a week from dawn to sundown in an effort to pay off his family’s debt. One day, he meets Iqbal Masih, another carpet factory worker who escaped that life and now tries to educate children on their rights, including the opportunity to go to school. Will Nadeem have the courage to lead himself and the other children working in the factory from the oppression of child labor?
This picture book, a work of historical fiction, helps children learn about the trials faced by their peers around the world. The book ends with four pages of supplementary materials that include a short biography of Iqbal Masih, facts about child labor and children’s rights, and web and print resources regarding these topics as well as children’s education around the globe. The Carpet Boy’s Gift is an indispensible resource for any lesson on children’s rights, education, and labor.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children
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