That's Not Fair!
Getting to Know your Rights and FreedomsBook - 2016
An accessible exploration of the rights and freedoms of citizens in a democracy, told through a series of six short stories starring Mayor Moe and the councillors of a sometimes wacky city. In each story, the councillors are first presented with a problem, and the group then makes a decision to address the problem with a new law, only to discover later there were unintended consequences. There is one councillor, Bug, who objects to each decision being proposed by commenting, "That's not fair!" -- a sentiment familiar to children, who have an innate sense of justice. The topics are child-friendly: Should you be allowed to search someone's bag because you think they have something of yours? Does it make sense to have a law that states people can say only nice things? Conclusions for each story include an extended discussion of the rights and freedoms featured in the story, along with three questions to ponder: Why did the councillors make their decision? Did the new law achieve its purpose? Were there any unexpected results? There are no right answers given. Instead children are encouraged to look at all sides of each issue, which engages their critical thinking skills and fosters empathy for other points of view.
Publisher: Toronto, ON :, Kids Can Press,, 2016
Branch Call Number: j323 MCL
Characteristics: 44 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Alternative Title: That is not fair