Thursday, November 2, 2017

New Book by Michael Ng: "Kids also know the law"《細路都識法》(Joint-Publishing)

"Kids also know the law"《細路都識法》
Michael Ng
Joint-Publishing (H.K.) Co., Ltd.
October, 2017, in Chinese, with illustrations in pictures, 161 pp
Foreword by Professor Albert Chen
Description: This is a book for kids to acquire legal knowledge and broaden their horizons.  It is a new innovative book for parents to read with kids outside the classroom, a new way for kids to think critically about their everyday lives.
     The story is about a father who has two daughters.   Ten years ago, Dr Michael Ng wished to write a book for kids to read, but he thought it would be hard to make the reading for kids interesting.  Until he had his own two daughters, he realized that to make sure kids learn a moral lesson, he had to let them think and ask questions on their own and to ponder everyday life.  Only until they came to understand how morality could be interconnected with their everyday life, they would be stimulated to read widely and think critically.  Thus, he created this "law book" with kids as the focus; each story is related to their daily family life, school life, social life, etc.  There are three characters in the story, they are Kitty Treasure, little primary school girl Ching and her brother Long, who all know the law well.   Dr Ng's aim was to integrate law into the everyday life of kids in a lively and stimulating way. 
    Why do kids also need to know the law?  In Dr Ng's own words,
'I wish kids after reading this book will be aware of Hong Kong's good and proper legal system and traditional rituals that reinforce respect for human beings.  Although law cannot solve all problems in life, law can protect us.  It is because we need to protect our future generation to sustain the rule of law, this book is meaningful by passing on the message through reading from generations to generations.' 
(內容簡介

這是一本專門寫給小朋友的法律書,更可能開創了知識類課外書和父母教養小朋友的新範式——一種以孩子生活和思考角度為本位的教導方法。

故事要從兩個女兒的父親——吳海傑博士說起。十年前,他就很想為小朋友寫一本法律書,但卻不知道如何令小朋友覺得有趣。直至有了兩個可愛的女兒,他才知道:要讓孩子明白道理,你先要讓他們知道為什麼要明白;當他們明白了道理和他們的生活有什麼關係,才會有興趣繼續閱讀和思考。因此,他創作了這本以孩子為本位的法律書,每一個故事都與孩子平日的家庭生活、學校生活和社交生活有關;故事的三位主角,是熟識法律的可愛貓咪法寶、小學女生晴晴和她的哥哥朗朗。不包羅萬有,也不沉悶刻板,務求描述孩子每天生活中的法律元素。

爲什麽細路都要識法?

「我希望小孩子讀完這本書後會知道香港是個守法知禮的社會,法律雖然不能夠解決所有問題,但可提供最基本的保護。而這種保護未來能否維持下去,便要靠讀這本書的一代人了。」)

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