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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Declaration of the Rights of Girls and Boys
by Elisabeth Brami
Age Range: 6-8
This two in one book is a clever and amusing declaration of the rights of boys and girls presented as a flipbook to be read from either end. Starting at one end you read about the rights of girls; turn the book upside down and you have the rights of boys. Endorsed by Amnesty International this quirky list of invented rights help to remind everyone how important it is to value equality for all.
In an age where so much peer pressure and the influence of relentless media advertising is particularly aimed at girls, with the advice of how to look and what to wear or what games and toys are right for them, these declarations tell girls that being able to express their sense of themselves is important. They don’t have to be princesses or like dolls; they have a right to be scruffy and untidy; have very short hair and to do any job they like. Boys equally have the right to express their sense of themselves; they don’t have to be superheroes; they have the right to cry, to play with dolls, to wear pink and to like reading.
French author Elisabeth Brami and illustrator Estelle Billon-Spagnol have created an engaging and amusing book for all those who believe in gender equality, self-expression and the right to be who we are. The busy comic-style artwork provides plenty to look at which helps to emphasise the message in a fun way.