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5.0 von 5 Sternen Free The Children: an eloquent and enlightening discussion, 12. Februar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Free the Children is an eloquent discussion of the proper and improper roles forced on children around our planet, carried out through the story of its author, fifteen-year-old Craig Kielburger. After reading a newspaper article about a Pakistani child labour activist who was killed, likely for his activism, Craig began investigating the issue of child labour. A small band of his classmates giving speeches to local schools quickly snowballed into a lobby group of growing numbers and influence. Intent on seeing the evils of child labour first hand, Craig set off on a remarkable odyssey across Southeast Asia; most of the book is a recount of his adventures.
One would be missing the point, however, if one took this book to be a travel chronicle punctuated with marvellous stories of meeting child prostitutes or raiding carpet factories. No, the point of Free the Children is not simply to tell Craig's story, it is to convince the reader that child labour is wrong, children should be listened to, and we all must do our part in achieving these two objectives. The last two chapters, the thematic heart of the book, are an overt discussion of these ideas, and it was here where I was decisively convinced of the worthiness of Craig's project. As he stresses repeatedly, we all must do more than talk about what we believe in; by serving explicitly and thematically as a call to action, his book does this. In our adult-focused world where children are forced, depending on their place of birth, either into lives of labour or lives of sedentariness, Craig's message of empowerment is crucially important, important enough that this book may well find a role in many a classroom, and regardless should constitute essential reading for the 10-18 age group.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An empowering read, a must for all young activists., 19. Januar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Recently I read the book FREE THE CHILDREN, written by Craig Kielburger. Craig's book interested me because I know him and have worked with his organization for the past three years. Craig is sixteen years old, at the age of twelve he decided to take on an international fight against child labour. FREE THE CHILDREN is about his famous trip to Asia, where he met with the Prime Minister and strived to better understand the plight of working children. At the begining of the book Craig talks about Iqbal Mashi, a child labourer who had been murdered for speaking out about his horrible working conditions. It was Iqbal's story that inspired Craig to research the issue further then present the problem to his class and eventually form FTC. It also talks about his family and hoe they have influenced him. If you have ever heard Craig speak, them it should come as no surprise that his book was so captivating and motivating. He has a way of making the most complicated subjects easy to understand, with out taking any of the fire out of them. What is more amazing is that he is only sixteen! The description he uses through out the book grabs the reader and holds them with out wavering till the end, because of this it is the kind of book you can't put down. I read all 318 pages in less then two days after I had gotten it for christmas. It felt as though I were travaling through Asia, riding the trains, meeting the people right alongside Craig. The book also details the events and people leading up to his Asia trip. It was after reading up in all the articals, books and magazines that he could find about child labour that Craig decided to take action. With the help of his classmates a very successful garage sale was organized. More importantly then the money they raised was the awarness they raised about child labour. During the sale they handed out pamphlets on their group and cause, as well as a pettion to free Kalish Satyarti. Craig had learned about Kalish (leader of the South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude) through pervious research he had done. At the time of the sale Kalish had been in jail for a raid on a carpet factory in which a number of child labourers had been freed. It was at this point that Craig began to be in contact with other organizations and decided he must go to Asia himself. What makes this novel work so well is not only Craig's writing style but the fact that he incorporates so many real life stories in to it. It's one thing to list off statistics about child labour, but when you can back them up with real stories it makes it all the more real, which makes it more interesting. Despite the fact that I have already done a lot with FREE THE CHILDREN, reading this book has re-inspired me to do even more. Craig's ability to simplify complex ideas, describe events in a way that makes you feel like you witnessed them personally, and re-tell such motivating real life stories is what will make this book a best seller! I hope that all the cynics out there can look beyond the fact that he is only sixteen and give this book a try, instead of automatically dismissing it! I know they won't be disappointed. In fact I propose that this novel be used as a teaching tool in all schools grades five and up! It is a perfect example of just what we youth are capable of accomplishing, if we put our minds to it!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A book both to inform and to stimulate us all to action., 9. Juni 1999
Someone has defined a best seller as a book that fills a need, leaves the reader a different person, and makes you want to rush out and buy one for a friend. Free the Children is all of that. Never have I been as touched by a book on social issues as I was by Kielburger's story of how he at twelve was challenged by the death of a child worker in Pakistan to invite friends to become informed about child labor around the world. Their interest quickly sparked what has become an international organization of children working on behalf of other children. Interspersed with a wealth of data on the subject, Kielburger gives numerous personal stories that take us into the lives of child laborers in Southeast Asia--carpet makers, mechanics, domestic workers, child prostitutes--we see their difficulties, but also see their courage, their dreams, their heartaches, and beneath it all, real, human children. Standard objections to ending child labor are dealt with frankly and wisely. And at the end of the book Kielburger gives information on how we all--children AND adults--can all be a part of ending child labor throughout the world. Kielburger and his co-writer Kevin Major are to be congratulated for giving us a readable, touching, real look into the child labor scene.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Inspiration and Call to Action Against Child Labor, 3. April 2000
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Paula M. Pierce "paulawalla" (Windsor, CT USA) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
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It has been my pleasure to recently read "Free the Children," an autobiography/travelogue from Craig Kielburger, the founder of the youth-run Free the Children organization based in Canada. It tells of the morning Craig first heard of and was made incredulous by the realities of child labor around the world. The book follows his strong desire to get together with fellow kids and try to learn more about the state of children and hopefully be able to change it somehow. Through his amazing commitment and dedication, along with his burgeoning public speaking skills, Craig was able to motivate two dozen of his schoolmates immediately to the cause and soon earn several speaking engagements in local schools to spread the word about child labor.
With the help of a family friend Craig was able to travel to South Asia to see first hand what working children's lives were like and to speak with the children themselves to hear how they lived, what their working conditions were, if they ever went to school, and if they had any ideas for their own futures.
It is a truly inspiring book for adults and children who can always be reminded that one person can absolutely make a serious and badly-needed difference against child exploitation.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Insperational! I can't wait to start an FTC chapter!, 2. Dezember 1999
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S. Dunn (Indiana) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
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I too saw Craig at NCYC in St. Louis last month. For those who don't know, NCYC is the National Catholic Youth Conference. There were close to 22,000 Teens and young adults at this conference when Craig spoke. We were all in the TWA dome, and you could have heard a pin drop it was so silent. He really grabbed our attention and moved us all to become advocates for the Children. I had to buy his book, and speak to him afterwards. I told him he was very inspirational, and a great role model for his peers, and he responded "the best compliment you can give me is to get active for the children, this is their cause". (Something along those lines at least.) This book gives us all great insight to the horrors that children of the world have to face. We have it so easy here in the USA it's about time someone opened our eyes! And it's amazing that a group of 12 year olds started an organization that has grown world wide in only 4 years. You can bet my church group is going to start helping.
Read this book...you'll want to help too.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An awesome book that shows the reality of child labour!, 2. Dezember 1998
Von Ein Kunde
The book is the best if you want to know more about child labour and the organization FREE THE CHILDREN! When reading the book, the stories and feelings of the abused children who the author met when travaling through the world, become alive and you can not stop reading. The book will touch your soul and you will ask yourself: "How could I live ignoring the aweful child labour?" The book will encourage you to stand up and do something against this problem - the same way it did with me! Craig tells the stories of children that have to work 12 hours a day, six days a week; often without being paid! He tells it in a way that will touch you inside. The reader is not able to stop reading and it's the best way to learn about child labour: It's not like those "boring" school books, because it's written in an interesting and touching way. You will learn and understand the problems of the children of the third world. AND YOU WILL DO SOMETHING AGAINST IT!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A travel log into another world - a must read for everyone., 14. Januar 1999
Free the Children is not only an interesting read but one of the most thought provoking books I have curled up with lately. I stayed up half the night to finish the book! The book exposes the harsh realities of millions of children around the world. Through Craig's travels and meetings with street and working children, the book examines the various causes of child poverty and the exploitation of children - from poverty itself, the policies of the IMF and the World Bank, to the greed of individuals and whole societies. The book was depressing at times (reading about eight year old girl separating used syringes) yet incredibly uplifting and inspirational at other times. If a kid like that can have such an effect on society, maybe anything is possible.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Inspiring, well written and waiting for his next adventure, 18. Januar 1999
Craig Kielburger has written about what one person can do when they see injustice in the world. At 12 years of age, Craig went on his own personal crusade to find out about the plight of children in bonded labour and why it was happening in the world and can be done about it.
This book keeps you spellbound and wondering what he will do next, who he will meet, where will he go - at 16 years of age, he has some excellent insights.
Craig is an inspiration to young people who often wonder who listens to them and what difference they can make in the world.
A must for every young person and for every adult who is interested in supporting youth.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful Book, Inspiring, Craig is a very powerful person, 30. November 1999
Von Ein Kunde
I loved "Free the Children", it's one of the best books i have read in a long, long time. Craig has a way of bringing what he saw and did to life, he makes you feel like you are there with him on his journey across Asia. I have got to see Craig in real life at a NCYC conference in St.Louis, Missouri. From the moment i heard him i had to get his book. This is an inspirational book, i think everybody should read this book to see how big of a problem child labor really is, and how FTC is helping children around the world. I definatly give this book 5 stars.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A amazingly written book!, 8. April 2000
Von Ein Kunde
Im only 14 and i attended youth day 2000 this year and i heard Craig Kielburger speak twice and both times i was so amazed! He really gets the audiences attention he is so amazing and only 16! Craig had mentioned his book about his orginization and i was so touched that i decided to go buy this book...it was very good, it made you think about your life and it had a major impact and i reccomend it for everyone! These children are suffering so much..sometimes we take it for granted! BUY THE BOOK!
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