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Letters to a Prisoner
By (author): Jacques Goldstyn Translated by: Angela Keenlyside
9781771472517 Hardcover, Dust jacket English, Translated from: French Juvenile: Age (years) from 5, Grade (CAN) from 4, Grade (US) from 4, Reading age from 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Values & Virtues Sep 15, 2017
$18.95 CAD
Active 7 x 9 x 0.38 in 48 pages Colour illustrations Owlkids Books Owlkids
Kirkus Best of 2017 2017 Notable Books for a Global Society 2018, Commended Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts 2018, Commended Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens 2018, Commended TD Summer Reading Club top 10 list 2018, Commended Alberta Rocky Mountain Book Award 2019, Commended Silent Books Collection 2018, Commended
A wordless story about the power of words. 

Told entirely through illustrations, Letters to a Prisoner is a wordless story about the power of hope and the written word. Inspired by Amnesty International’s letter-writing campaigns to help free people who have been jailed for expressing their opinion, the book tells the story of a man who is arrested during a peaceful protest. In solitary confinement, he begins to despair—until a bird delivers a letter of support written by somebody outside the prison. Every day more missives arrive until the prisoner escapes his fate on wings made of letters.

Simple illustrations convey plenty of rich symbolism to provoke thought and discussion. A letter from the author provides more information about Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign.

  • Sophisticated wordless picture book that explores letter-writing and human connection
  • Shows the power of the written word to drive change
  • Ties to social justice curriculum and current events
  • Key resource for International Human Rights Day, December 10th

JACQUES GOLDSTYN has earned a high profile in Quebec- and French-language media as an illustrator and political cartoonist. He is a regular contributor to Les Débrouillards and has twice won Le Grand Prix du Journalisme Indépendant for editorial illustration. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.

"Goldstyn was inspired by the letter-writing campaigns of human rights organization Amnesty International. His book is an accessible and inspiring tribute. "The pen is mightier than the sword" lives on." - Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"This deserves to be everywhere children are learning about the wider world." - Publishers Weekly - STARRED REVIEW

"Universal... An elegant picture book tribute to the power of organizing and the plight of political prisoners, best suited for older readers. A first purchase." - School Library Journal

"An inspiring, thought-provoking story about the power of the written word, especially fitting for anyone addressing social justice issues with children." - Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

" inspiration for all ages." - Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

"This book could be used in classrooms as a strong starting point to conversations and the important issues brought to light will tug on all readers’ heart strings." - School Library Connection

"This is sure to spark discussions of human rights and social justice." - Booklist

"Children who follow the story in this book will see how many voices can indeed bring about change. They will come to appreciate that everyone, anyone, can make the world a better place if they try." - Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

"Originally published in French...and dedicated to imprisoned Saudi activist Raif Badawi, this is sure to spark discussions of human rights and social justice." - Booklist

"There is a great deal of sadness expressed in these wordless pages; at the same time, the author injects slight touches of humor that allow the book to make just the right impression for those children who will hold it in their hands. " - Sal's Fiction Addiction

"A stunning wordless ode to those whose voices have been unjustly silenced, Letters to a Prisoner is a compelling reminder of the combined, collective strength of many, united in a single cause." - Canadian Review of Materials

"This is an absolutely incredible book. A moving tale about what can happen when people band together and use the power of words." - The Baby Bookworm

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