Letters to a Prisoner

Regular price $ 18.95

by Jacques Goldstyn, Translated by Angela Keenlyside


11/15/2017, hardcover

SKU: 9781771472517


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.

Target age: 5 and up


"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, starred review

"This deserves to be everywhere children are learning about the wider world." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

About the Author:

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.