20.10.08

We Are All Born Free

Oh, this is useful - Euan and I were talking just the other day about the Declaration of Human Rights, and now I have a snazzy little slideshow explanation complete with illustrations by John Burningham, Chris Riddell, Polly Dunbar and others, thanks to the Guardian.

Here's the scoop:
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed 60 years ago by the United Nations General Assembly. We Are All Born Free is a version for young people, illustrated by stars from the world of children's books, which has been translated into more than 30 languages and is due to be made into a short film. The artwork is on display at Waterstone's Piccadilly until October 31.




The subject of the Declaration of Human Rights came up because we were reading the marker in John Humphrey Lane, which is not too far from our house here in Hampstead, Quebec. Humphrey, who was born in Hampton, New Brunswick, was the author of the Declaration. You can learn more about him here.

3 comments:

The Ginger Darlings said...

It is lovely to see the reception this book is getting from people of all ages around the world. I was very pleased to be asked to be a part of it. Every home should have one don't you think.
Best wishes from across the sea in Wales.
Jackie ( and the gingercats)

O'Leary said...

Hi Jackie - What a great project to be involved with. I haven't seen the book yet - or your contribution - but am looking forward to it. Beautiful work on your website.

Christine BT said...

Awesome. You posted this in the nick of time for a unit on Human Rights in Grade 7 Social Studies. AND I will be doing the sing along with 17 year olds in Bemelmans in April. I wonder, will they let us in? Will I have to claim parentage over them all? eek!