Stand for Children by Marian Wright Edelman

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Over 300,000 attended Stand for Children, June 1, 1996, in Washington, DC, where Edelman spoke eloquently on the importance of putting children first. Now that speech has been adapted and illustrated with pictures of Yorinks' beautifully designed quilts that utilize a wide variety of techniques including "photo transfer onto fabric." The photos chosen reflect an appropriate diversity of ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, and special populations. This politically correct coffee-table book has strength and integrity but little to offer a young audience. The adapted text wanders from "you, our children" to every child to "take at least one step for just one child." The impassioned message, the poignant prayer, and the dynamic quilts are all commendable. The work of Stand for Children is vitally important in our often apathetic nation.

About Marian Wright Edelman

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Marian Wright Edelman is the founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund. She is the author of the #1 "New York Times" bestseller "The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours", and eight other books. She is the winner of many awards for her work, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, a Heinz Award, and a Niebuhr Award. In 2000, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her writings. Edelman is a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School. She and her husband live in Washington, D.C., and have three children and four grandchildren. BRYAN COLLIER is the author and illustrator of the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book"Uptown". He received Caldecott Honors for the books "Martin's Big Words" by Doreen Rappaport, which was also a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book; "Rosa" by Nikki Giovanni, which received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award; and, most recently, and "Dave the Potter" by Laban Carrick Hill. Mr. Collier lives in New York. Visit him at
Published May 15, 1998 by Hyperion Books for Children. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this version of a speech delivered during a 1996 rally at the Lincoln Memorial, the founder of the Children’s Defense Fund asserts the rights of children, then challenges readers to do more to nurture and preserve those rights.

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