Dreams of Freedom

Amnesty International

Dreams of Freedom
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Dreams of Freedom

Amnesty International

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter…I have taken a moment to rest, but I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities.” Nelson Mandela

“If you are tired, keep going. If you are scared, keep going. If you are hungry, keep going. If you want to taste freedom, keep going.” Harriet Tubman

This inspirational book, following We Are All Born Free, contains 17 quotations about many different aspects of freedom, from the freedom to have an education to that not to be hurt or tortured, the freedom to have a home and the freedom to be yourself. All the chosen quotations are in simple words that can be understood by young children. Authors of the quotations include: Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, Anne Frank, the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi and Malala Yousafzai.

The book is illustrated by internationally acclaimed and award-winning illustrators, including Alexis Deacon, Chris Riddell, Ros Asquith, Jackie Morris and Shirin Adl from the UK, Barroux from France, Roger Mello from Brazil, Birgitta Sif from Iceland, aboriginal artist Sally Morgan from Australia and Mordicai Gerstein from the USA. The cover is illustrated by best-selling author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers.

Review

Amnesty International has produced a stunning follow-up to their bestseller on human rights, We Are All Born Free (in paperback in March). This new title, Dreams of Freedom, focuses on freedom and has quotes from inspiring figures, present and past, including the Dalai Lama, Malala Yousafzai, Nelson Mandela, Anne Frank and more. A foreword from Michael Morpurgo states that the book’s purpose is to inspire children to stand up for others and to make a difference. In true Amnesty spirit, illustrators from all over the world have added their beautiful brushstrokes to this book. Sally Morgan represents Australia and other contributors include Chris Riddell, Emily Gravatt, Peter Sis and Jackie Morris. All proceeds from the book go to Amnesty.

This is an inspiring book that will spark discussion around injustice and inequality in the world. A necessary book for every school and public library, it also deserves a special place in every child’s home. It can be enjoyed by children as young as 4 when read with a parent, but readers up to 10 years old will also enjoy engaging with it.


Angela Crocombe is the Children’s Book Buyer at Readings Carlton.

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