Childhood Regained – School Editions

CHILDHOOD REGAINED – STORIES OF HOPE FOR ASIAN CHILD WORKERS

SCHOOL EDITIONS

MIDDLE GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHERS

CHILDHOOD REGAINED is a perfect ready-made resource for your unit on world issues and global awareness. The package has all you’ll need – stories, comprehension questions and answers, student activities, factual information, glossary, related ministry expectations, and more. This collection of compelling stories about child labourers in South Asia makes an excellent additional resource for Grades 4 to 10 Social Studies programs, to complete expectations revolving around human rights and global issues that need our attention.

These eye-opening but hopeful stories and a poem bring to life some of the situations faced by millions of young children working long hours with little or no pay in factories, mines, quarries, and commercial farms in Asia.

These captivating fictional stories have been researched and written by talented authors around the world and organized and edited by a former middle-grade teacher and teacher-librarian. Told through the voices of Asian child workers in various situations, they are the perfect medium to engage your students and help them gain awareness of the situations of many of their peers across the globe.

Conceived, organized, and edited by Jodie Renner

Contributing Authors: D. Ansing, Della Barrett, Hazel Bennett, Edward Branley, Fern G.Z. Carr, Tom Combs, Sanjay Deshmukh, E.M. Eastick, Peter Eichstaedt, Patricia Anne Elford, Lori Duffy Foster, Sarah Hausman, Barbara A. Hawley, Rayne Kaa Hedberg, Steve Hooley, Eileen Hopkins, Kym McNabney, Jodie Renner, Caroline Sciriha

Canadians and Canadian educators – You can order print copies at a discount directly from Jodie Renner at info@JodieRenner.com.

All net proceeds from the UK Edition go to Childreach International.

UK Edition in print   UK Edition Ebook

See the book at Childreach International – Taught, Not Trafficked.

Contributors: D. Ansing, Della Barrett, Hazel Bennett, Edward Branley, Fern G.Z. Carr, Tom Combs, Sanjay Deshmukh, E.M. Eastick, Peter Eichstaedt, Patricia Anne Elford, Lori Duffy Foster, Sarah Hausman, Barbara A. Hawley, Rayne Kaa Hedberg, Steve Hooley, Eileen Hopkins, Kym McNabney, Jodie Renner, Caroline Sciriha

FREE SAMPLE COPY for your school – while quantities last. Are you a Canadian teacher of Grades 4 to 9, a teacher-librarian, or a school administrator? Contact Jodie through the contact form here for a free copy of Childhood Regained – Canadian Schools Edition for your staff to peruse. Limited time offer, while quantities last.

PRAISE for Childhood Regained

“Each well-researched story in Childhood Regained is told from the viewpoint of child workers, starting with the harsh realities of their lives and reaching hope-filled, satisfying conclusions. Young readers will be impacted by the unfamiliar worlds depicted in these transformative stories and may gain a new appreciation for all they have and a desire to help make a difference in the world. Highly recommended.”
~ Karen Autio, award-winning author of books for young readers, www.KarenAutio.com

“While journeying through Childhood Regained, my students have gained a higher level of empathy and increased global awareness. I am excited to share this important book and recommend it to other educators and students.”
~ Natalie Brown, grade 7 teacher, Emily Carr School, London, Ontario

SCHOOL EDITIONS

Childhood Regained – CANADIAN SCHOOLS EDITION. Trade paperback (6×9), 268 pages. ISBN: 978-0993700477. $17.95 Can. Includes all 19 stories and a poem. Best choice for use with a wide range of grades or for your school library. Add some of the thin teachers’ guides (one free with each order of 10 books). Order quantities from Cobalt Books or CreateSpace Direct.  Print book on Amazon.ca   E-book on Amazon.ca

Childhood Regained – AMERICAN SCHOOLS EDITION. Trade paperback (6×9), 264 pages. ISBN: 978-0993700477. $13.95 US. Print book on Amazon.com     E-book on Amazon.com

Childhood Regained – CANADIAN TEACHERS’ GUIDE, Grades 4 to 9, 6×9, 102 pages. ISBN: 978-0995297012; $7.50 US, $9.95 Can., or FREE with orders of 10 or more print books. Print book on Amazon.ca    E-book on Amazon.ca

Childhood Regained – STUDENT EDITION, GRADES 6 TO 8. 6×9, 220 pages. ISBN: 978-0995297005. $13.95 Can. Sixteen stories and a poem, for students aged 11 to 14. Best choice when ordering class sets for middle-grade use. One free teachers’ guide with each order of 10 of these from Cobalt Books.  Print book on Amazon.ca     E-book on Amazon.ca

Childhood Regained – STUDENT EDITION, GRADES 4 TO 6. 6×9, 134 pages. ISBN: 978-0993700484. $10.95 Can. Eleven stories suitable for students aged 9 to 12. Also a glossary, comprehension questions, student activities, and more.  Print book on Amazon.ca    E-book on Amazon.ca

Childhood Regained – Student Edition, Grades 7 to 9. 6×9, 184 pages. ISBN: 978-0993700491. $12.95 Can.  Print book on Amazon.ca     E-book on Amazon.ca

All books are available from Amazon and from Cobalt Books. Discounts for bulk orders through Cobalt Books. Email: info(at)CobaltBooks(dot)net.

Purchase one student edition, grades 6 to 8, plus the teacher’s guide, for $21.50, plus $6 shipping = $27.50.

Or get one student edition, grades 4 to 6, plus the teacher’s guide, for $18.80, plus $6 shipping = $24.80.

Order from info@CobaltBooks.net or info@JodieRenner.com.

Key words: child labour, child labor, child workers, global awareness, global issues, world issues, global responsibility, child rights, children’s rights, short stories, middle grades, teacher resource, social studies resource, grade 6 social studies, grade 7 social studies, social issues, child slavery, human rights, global citizenship

REVIEWS

“Each well-researched story in Childhood Regained is rooted in the point of view of child workers, starting with the harsh realities of their lives and reaching hope-filled, satisfying conclusions. Yet, the contributing authors from around the world, with their unique writing styles, avoid clichéd, predictable, or overly sweet endings. For young readers, the poignant cover image and evocative sensory details in the writing will draw them into the book. They will be impacted by being exposed to the unfamiliar worlds in these transformative stories. As the characters experience hardship, then rescue, education that brings hope, and childhood joys restored, the reader may gain a new appreciation for all they have and a desire to help make a difference in the world. Highly recommended.”

~ Karen Autio, award-winning author of books for young readers: historical novels Second Watch, Saara’s Passage, and Sabotage; chapter book Kah-Lan the Adventurous Sea Otter; and picture book Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon   www.karenautio.com

“I have been reading Childhood Regained with my grade seven class. My students have been intrigued by the stories, mainly because they are current and based on the real-life circumstances of children around the world who are suffering and surviving conditions and crises that we, in Western society, cannot even fathom.

“Our school has recently received an influx of Syrian newcomers, many of whom do not speak any English, so it is very difficult for us to understand what they must have experienced, and at such a young age. A book such as Childhood Regained delivers the truth and does not spare us those unpleasant details that we find so difficult to face. This is crucially important in instilling compassion and awareness in our students, especially in this day and age, when we are integrating people who have suffered trauma we find unimaginable.

“While journeying through the book, Childhood Regained, my students have gained a higher level of empathy and increased global awareness. I am excited and driven to share this important book and to recommend it to other educators and students.”

~ Natalie Brown, grade 7 teacher, Emily Carr School, London, Ontario, Canada

“As a middle school educator, I am eager to use this book in my classroom. Creative stories allow children to visit a world they rarely hear of. I appreciate that study questions for each story are included, as well as class activities and discussion topics. The factual information near the end of the book is helpful and will prompt curiosity and aid research. The conversations in the stories are realistic and help readers envision each story as a real-life situation.

Childhood Regained will enlighten students to the dark world of child labor and abuse. While the topic is difficult, it is handled with sensitivity and hope. Through their reading and discussion, children should come away with a new concern and understanding of what their peers may face in other cultures.”

~ Joy Bier, 5th/6th grade teacher, Haddon Heights, NJ 

“The Childhood Regained writers are heroes among us. Their stories shine a haunting light on the plight of too many children. And yet, alongside the terror and grief in these stories are the inklings of hope – because in reading them it is all but certain that our collective call to action on behalf of these children will be ignited. Read, read, read this book – you, and let’s hope the world, will never be the same for it.”

~ Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, R. Psych., bestselling author of Discipline without Damage: How to get your kids to behave without messing them up. www.drvanessalapointe.com

“A collection of well-written short stories that highlight the plight of child workers. The plots and characters are credible and compelling: it is clear that the authors have done their research. Although the stories themselves end on a positive note, they cause the reader to reflect on the millions of children whose stories do not end well; thus the book elegantly achieves its aim of simultaneously entertaining and informing the reader. The authors have generously donated their royalties to child rescue charities. There is a useful section that details the facts and figures relating to child exploitation and slavery, as well as information about how to donate to related charities.”

~ Pat Schembri Wismayer, English teacher, Malta

NetGalley Review, Sept. 2016:

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Here is a book that is in my Christmas List to give to some friends.

Not even joking. This book is made of many short tales of children forced in labor. Some are worse than others, some are more heartbreaking, but all are poignant and important.

These tales must be known. They must be told.

One thing I enjoyed here is how often the fact that the parents and family of the children had literally no other choice was stressed. It is true, but most often in these kind of stories, the parents are treated as monsters who can’t wait to sell their children off. And sometimes it is true. But most often, it is simply a matter of survival.

We must understand this. Banning child labor is not going to change anything unless what is around it, the society, the economics, also change.

That is important.

This book is important.

Read it.

~ Review on NetGalley by Tiziana Tabone

Click here for a PDF with EXCERPTS from the stories:

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RESOURCES

STUDENT ACTIVITIES:

Click on the link below for a PDF of various related student activities and teacher resources to accompany the stories. Student activities include writing, research, mapping, graphing, class presentations, art, and drama.

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CURRICULUM TIE-INS: B.C., MANITOBA, ONTARIO, & ATLANTIC CANADA:

Click on this link to go to a PDF listing all the relevant Canadian school curriculum expectations:

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ORDER FORM AND PRICE LIST:

Click on the link below for Price List and Order Form for BC:

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Price List and Order Form for Manitoba:

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Price List and Order Form for Atlantic Canada:

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Price List and Order Form for Ontario:

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