Author: Craig Kielburger
Illustrators: Marisa Antonello & Victoria Laidley
Publisher: Me to We Books
A visit to Brazil is an exciting adventure for a boy. While exploring the sights, young Craig Kielburger discovers a group of street kids. These young people don’t have homes, and they do what it takes to survive. From performing acrobatics to selling oranges and shining shoes, they scramble for tourist dollars to buy food. And when food is available, they eat it together as if they are a family.
Although living in abject poverty, these street kids try to enjoy life, taking time to sing, dance, and play soccer. They look out for each other’s well-being and share everything. In fact, Kielburger is surprised at one boy’s willingness to literally give him the shirt off his own back.
Kielburger formed Free the Children when he learned of a boy who was killed speaking out against child labor. This non-profit group is comprised of youth who want to be a positive force of change in the world, especially for underprivileged kids. Me to We Books promises that for every book sold, a notebook will be given to a child in a developing country.
Reviewer: Alice Berger