Title: Free? Stories About Human Rights
Author: edited by Amnesty International
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Concepts: social justice, economic rights, equality, child schooling and work, poverty, scarcity, homelessness
Review: In 1948 following the destruction and human rights abuses of World War II and the Holocaust, the General Assembly of the United Nations convened to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). In this fundamentally important document that all member countries were called upon to disseminate and practice, 30 succinct statements, classified as articles, described the conditions under which all human beings deserve to live in a life characterized by fairness and dignity, free of abuse, fear, and want.
In this new volume, edited by one of the world’s leading non-governmental organizations to protect people’s human rights around the world, fourteen writers each contribute a short piece that illustrates his or her interpretations of a particle article in the UDHR. These short stories, verses, and scripts depict in the clearest and most touching ways how rights to such entities as an education, equal treatment, free speech, rest from work, and a home can make all the difference between a life of decency and one of despair.
This book makes a fine introduction, in a dignified and age-appropriate way, for young readers to gain an early appreciation of economic rights as human rights, and of the ever-present need to advocate for social justice no matter how small or large the scope of the injustice.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children