Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Human Rights in Children's LiteratureImagination and the Narrative of Law$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jonathan Todres and Sarah Higinbotham

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190213343

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190213343.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 19 May 2019

Participation Rights and the Voice of the Child

Participation Rights and the Voice of the Child

(p.33) 2 Participation Rights and the Voice of the Child
Human Rights in Children's Literature

Jonathan Todres

Sarah Higinbotham

Carol Bellamy

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 focuses on participation rights. The Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes that children have a right to be heard in decisions that affect their lives. Children’s literature speaks extensively to the idea of children’s participation rights. While some stories—such as Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid—reflect the idea that children should be seen and not heard, others such as Yertle the Turtle, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, Charlotte’s Web, and Horton Hears a Who! show the value of listening to children and recognizing their right to be heard. The chapter also explores select examples of metafiction that invite children to be active participants in the story itself.

Keywords:   children’s rights, child voice, inclusion, metafiction, Horton Hears a Who, Peter Rabbit, Dr. Seuss, Hans Christian Andersen, human rights, children’s literature

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .