For The Right To Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story (Rebecca Langston-George)
I have long been fascinated by the story of Malala Yousafzai. As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She risked her life to get information to the western world about how important education was for all children in Pakistan and how difficult the Taliban was making it for them. For her bravery, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in , but survived. In she became the youngest Nobel Prize winner for her amazing work. Of course I have wanted my children to get an understanding of who she is and what she did. Sometimes it is necessary to find ways to ease her into non-fiction subject.
She grew up in a world where women were supposed to be quiet. But Malala Yousafzai refused to be silent. She defied the Taliban's rules, spoke out for education for every girl, and was almost killed for her beliefs. This powerful true story of how one brave girl named Malala changed the world proves that one person really can make a difference. Though careful not to take too many liberties with a historical text, these read like fiction and will spark the interest of many young readers. Each installment has a different illustrator, giving them all a unique flavor, and all have some sort of back matter that recaps the facts gleaned from the story. They vary somewhat in audience ranges but this is an interesting concept with an effective, highly visual approach.
Review by Anne Floyd. Can a picturebook explore difficult topics and still be appropriate for its young readers? For the Right to Learn shows that it can be done. Cultural differences between Pakistani and American culture are highlighted and explained in a way that makes Malala accessible. A short index in the back defines cultural terms, encouraging young readers to understand and embrace a multicultural perspective. I would highly recommend this for all readers especially kids 8 and under as an inspiring read.
Hello, friends! Malala Yousafzai was born in Pakistan, in a once beautiful and peaceful mountain town, to loving parents who encouraged learning. Her father ran a local school, and did everything he could to provide education to any boy or girl who sought it. But when the Taliban took over her town, Malala saw the rights and freedoms of her and her fellow girls begin to disappear as they were banned from school and threatened with violence. Unwilling to give up her rights, Malala spoke out against this injustice, risking her life to continue her studies.