March 14, 2013
This Child, Every Child: A Book about the World’s Children by David J. Smith, illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong
This Child, Every Child:
A Book about the World’s Children
by David J. Smith, illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong
Kids Can Press
Human rights. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Kids hear these terms all the time – in school, in movies and from the adults around them. But what rights do you have as a child?
In This Child, Every Child, author David J. Smith discusses just that. Each spread focuses on the way that children live throughout the world including information on what makes up a family, what types of homes they live in, how they get from place to place, school and much more. Because there is such diversity in the world, multiple examples are given for each topic as Smith seeks to give readers an understanding of the range of human cultures.
Also presented throughout this book is information on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This document is a UN treaty on child rights including such things as the right to live with your family as long as you can do so safely, you have the right to an education, you have the right to play and rest and, if you must work, you have the right to be safe. Smith notes that this treaty has been ratified by every member nation except Somalia and, embarrassingly enough, the U.S.A. I did some reading on the topic and could find no evidence that the U.S. has signed the treaty since this book’s publication.
Like If the World were a Village, this is an excellent book for teaching and discussion, more so than a cuddle up and read kind of book. That said, children will be especially interested in this book as well as discussing their rights. You should probably be ready for a few pointed comments about how adults are failing to grant these rights to children and what more should be done.
As you can see by the cover, Shelagh Armstrong’s artwork for this book is less abstract than what she painted for either If the World were a Village or If America were a Village. For this book, her acrylic paintings have been rendered with digital textures that help children see the richness and variety of how we on this planet live.
This book is another title in the CitizenKid series, dedicated to help children learn more about the world in which they live while also becoming better global citizens. In light of that, it isn’t surprising that sales of this book benefit ONEXONE, an organization that focuses on helping children have access to clean water, health care, play and enough food to not only survive but thrive.
Pick up this book and make life richer not only for the children in your life but those in other parts of the world as well.