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A brief afterword explains that the rights outlined in the book come from the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989. The treaty sets out the basic human rights that belong to children all over the world, recognizing that children need special protection since they are more vulnerable than adults. It has been ratified by 193 countries, with the exception of Somalia and the United States. Once a country has ratified the document, they are legally bound to comply with it and to report on their efforts to do so. As a result, some progress has been made, not only in awareness of children’s rights, but also in their implementation. But there are still many countries, wealthy and poor, where children’s basic needs are not being met.
To read a summary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, go to www.unicef.org/crc/files/Rights_overview.pdf.
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About the Author
Aure´lia Fronty studied textile design at l’E´cole Duperre´ in Paris and worked in fashion before she began to illustrate children’s books. Her colorful, nai¨ve-style art is inspired by her Catalan roots as well as her travels in Africa, Asia and South America. She has illustrated more than forty titles, which have been published around the world. She has also exhibited her art in France and in the United Kingdom. She lives in Montreuil, France.
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I am a child with eyes, hands, a voice, a heart and rights.
I have the right to a first name, a last name, a family that smiles at me, and a country that is my home.
I have the right to have enough food to eat and water to drink so that I can grow. My favorite thing is an orange. You can eat it or drink its juice!
I have the right to live under a roof, to be warm but not too hot, not to be poor and to have just enough of what I need, not more.
I have the right to be cured with the best medicines that were ever invented.
And to run and jump and climb and shout:
“It’s so wonderful to feel good!”