We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures

by John Burningham, Niki Daly, and Korky Paul

In honor of the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,... read more

In honor of the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, created by the United Nations in 1948, the thirty articles in the document have been simplified by Amnesty International and creatively illustrated by a cadre of internationally recognized children’s illustrators. The text, and its significance, might need more context than the introductions offer, but the pictures are profound for the messages they convey. German artist Ole Könnecke brings humor to Article 8 (“We can all ask for the law to help us when we are not treated fairly”) with his depiction of an apologetic cat in cooking garb standing before a stern avian judge who’s listening to the anxious arguments of a tiny mouse with a missing relative. British artist Jane Ray powerfully captures Article 5 (“Nobody has any right to hurt or torture us”) with an image of an doll with blood on its clothes. This collection offers stunning and symbolic interpretations of the timeless, and timely, declaration that explains the kind of world children and adults should have the right to live in. (Age 5 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2009

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