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.
well this is accually sally lambert's daughter, Beth. I went to the religious education congress in anahiem a month ago and i had the privelage to hear craig speak. my mom hurried to order the book for me and i can honestly say that it is the best book i have ever read. the book is well written, thoughtout, and so interesting! i hope one day to meet craig because his words are so inspirational and he has definetly changed my life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This book is a great book. I have read it 3 times. It is intresting to hear about what childhood is half way around the world. It makes me proud to be a kid because it shows even kids can try and save the world from falling apart. He is truly the most powerful kid in the world. - Scott
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.
First, thank you Craig for sharing your passion and enthusiastic quest for the truth. Thank you to the many children working with you around the world to enlighten us all on the plight of these very industrious but desparate children. The book is great!
This by far was THE best book i have ever read. It is extraordinarily powerful and inspiring. I have had the privlege to here Craig speak, and I truly believe that if the youth of our world join together, we can make a difference before it is too late.