Malala: Activist for Girls' Education Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-05 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

"This is a wonderfully illustrated biography about a girl who took on the Taliban and fought for girls’ rights everywhere to receive an education. This story was an inspirational one to me. Malala went overcame overwhelming odds and the results are awesome. Her story could be so inspiring for young children to learn and see just how powerful their one voice could be. This book is written for primary to intermediate school children, and would be a great companion to a history lesson on the Taliban and anything else near that vicinity (Literally and figuratively)." said.

"If you don’t know by now, Malala is the young girl who stood up to the Taliban and got shot in the head by them, only to survive and win the Nobel Peace Prize. Of course there’s a lot more to her story than that, and this book fills in some of those gaps, albeit for kids; it’s not written for adults.
Her father is progressive, especially for Pakistan, and not in Karachi either. When the big earthquake hit the Taliban claimed it was due to god being mad at their decadence, and it worked; oddly enough—not really—it’s the same tactic used by some Christians here. But there’s actually not that much background, since this book aims to humanize someone who has really become an icon more than an individual. For example, Malala wears a shawl that belonged to Benazir Bhutto.
Most of the book is matter-of-fact notes spruced with beautiful watercolors, then the second half is mostly photos and data blurbs at a kid level, told in a boring style. For example: “Malala is transferred to a hospital in Birmingham, England.” This should have been expanded, it’s what made her famous worldwide.
Could have been written more inspirational, but good for a second grade book report.
3.5 pushed up to 4/5
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"Originally published in France by author and elementary school teacher Raphaele Frier, Malala: Activist for Girls' Education is now accessible to readers in English. This picture book, bursting with colorful illustrations by French artist Aurelia Fronty, is a must-read for upper-elementary students studying important figures in society today.

Recipient of a 2018 Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Award, this book also received an honor from the ALSC for Notable Children’s Books for Middle Readers in 2018 and was recognized as a 2018 USBBY Outstanding International Book for Grades 3–5.

Biographical, yet told as a story, Frier takes readers into Malala's home in Pakistan, showing them what life is like before and after the Taliban comes to power. Malala is only eleven years old when the Taliban bans schooling for girls. Malala's story continues as she advocates for rights to education for all children. With clips from her blog posts and speeches, readers can see what life was like for girls in Pakistan during a time that they have actually lived through. This text may also serve as a mirror to any students who have experienced their voice, or their rights, being taken from them at some point in their life.

Frier's book includes an abundance of pertinent information at the end of the story, as well as real photographs and links to resources where students can find out more about Malala's work or even listen to her speak.

Due to the violence discussed in the book, this text is best suited for upper-elementary children, and would serve not only as a biographical text, but as a springboard for conversation about human rights and the power of words.
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"This beautiful picture book tells the story is Malala’s life from a young age. Malala grew up around the influence of school and education, as her father founded a school for girls across the street from their house, although this is not the norm for women in Pakistan, as even her mother can not read, like most women in the area.

Malala’s father is being threatened by the Taliban leaders to close his school for girls, as the leaders are trying to convince the village that their sins have caused a recent earthquake in an attempt to take control, using religion as his basis. Malala’s father speaks out against the Taliban, and allows her to do the same at only 11 years old. The taliban that announces that girls no longer have the right to attend school. Malala responds by starting a blog under the name “Gul Makai”, as change is still not happening, and her family is forced to abandon their house and move to a different village where the Taliban has been driven out. Malala and the Khpal Kor Foundation are working to promote education for all, as the Taliban soon returns to the village, destroying the schools.

Malala continues to speak out for the support of a girl’s right to education in Pakistan. In 2011, Malala creates an educational foundation, but soon after her family is threatened once again by the Taliban. One day Malala’s school bus is stopped, and Taliban men enter the bus and shoot Malala in the head. Malala was taken to a hospital in Birmingham England to be treated. After her recovery, Malala attends classes in Birmingham and continues to spread awareness of the importance of education for girls in countries such as Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Nepal. In 2013 Malala speaks to the world in New York City and in the next year receives the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala now visits refugee camps to support school projects and help spread more awareness.

At the end of this text, the book includes resources such as maps, photographs, and information about Malala, as well as other organizations who are working to promote education all over the world.
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" This is a gorgeously illustrated book about Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot by the Taliban for speaking up about girls' rights to education. As a plus, there is some nice historical context at the end including a map of Pakistan. I think this would be good for kids around 4th grade or so, though most would probably have to have an adult explain some of the ideas presented as I doubt many elementary aged children keep up with issues in the Middle East. " said.

"How do you express to a child the impact of the greatest young activist alive? How do you describe violent adversity and global challenges like assassination and war with calm optimism? How do you retain the humanity of a child who just so happens to be an incredibly brave young woman?

Tempering scary truth with gentle colors and just enough detail to inform without frightening, this book is a must-have for youth library collections and children who are developing a heart for the world.

**Thanks to NetGalley for providing a digital copy in exchange for my honest review.
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"I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Most people are familiar with Malala and his story. Raphaële Frier brings her story to young readers in Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education, beautifully illustrated by Aurèlia Fronty. I always like to come across biographies for children written in a picture book format. Not only do I think this makes biographies available to children not quite ready for chapter books, but I believe it helps them to better understand places and times that are different from their own. Children are familiar with picture books, and this familiarity encourages them to read biographies.
Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education is well written and deals with some heavy subjects. Explaining the Taliban and why they wanted to kill a child just because she encouraged girls to go to school is not an easy thing to do. Frier does a good job though, and always keeps his audience’s age in mind. Aurèlia Fronty’s illustrations are beautiful, and are the perfect addition to a beautiful story. I can’t wait to see them in person.
At the end of Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education is more of Malala’s story, pictures, quotes, and resources for more information. This set up makes the book a perfect resource for students working on a report.
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"Consider the challenge of conveying Malala Yousafzai’s story in a way that is appropriate for children: Malala’s courage and convictions arose from a context of political and personal violence. Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education masterfully navigates this territory. Author Raphaële Frier does not shy away from the Taliban’s brutality, including the shooting of Malala on a school bus, but she first establishes Malala’s passion for education, beliefs in the rights of girls, and her family’s role in providing schooling for Pakistani children. The illustrations from Aurélia Fronty present Malala and other individuals in a more expressionistic manner, reminiscent of muralists. The bright artwork is not gruesome or graphic on the pages conveying violent episodes, although it is dramatic. Young readers will come away from the main text with an understanding of how one person can make a difference, as well as the obstacles to freedom faced by some children, especially girls, in other cultures. The back matter presents photographs of Malala, numerous quotes from her, and background material relevant to understanding her life, work, and culture." said.

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