|That's not fair! : getting to know your rights and freedoms (CitizenKid)|
Author: McLaughlin, Danielle
Find out about your rights in this collection of stories, and become an informed and active citizen. Then the next time you think something isn't fair, you can stand up for your rights and make your voice heard.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.90
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 182179
Kirkus Reviews (01/15/16)
School Library Journal (02/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2016 Gr 3–5—Adapted from a video series by the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust, this title takes children through a series of episodes about unfair laws in order to teach them about democracy and rights. In an unnamed city, the bumbling Mayor Moe and his councillors, a multicolored group of anthropomorphized creatures, make unfair laws, each of which brings unforeseen consequences. Topics range from freedom of assembly to employment discrimination. The sole voice of reason is Councillor Bug, who consistently squeaks, "That's not fair!" At the end of each section, there is a summary and questions to get readers thinking. While this selection is very Western-centric, there is no mention of the Bill of Rights, which to an audience in the United States may be confusing and limit understanding of how these legal rights are guaranteed. Mayor Moe is also referred to as "Your Worship," another specifically Canadian reference. With no index or bibliography, the book reads more like a discussion starter than an informational text. The digitally rendered characters are cartoony and exaggerated, but the complicated language, with no glossary or definitions, makes it difficult to determine the appropriate audience. VERDICT Purchase as a supplement and discussion aide for curricula about rights and freedoms, but pair with another volume with more specific material about the Bill of Rights.—Clara Hendricks, Cambridge Public Library, MA - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.