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Malala: Activist for Girls' Education Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-07 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1580897851
LANGUAGE:English

" This book was a good way to share her story with my kids, but it's a tough subject to tackle in a picture book. I felt like I was able to explain and flesh it out a little better since I read her full novel myself. Otherwise, it gives good info but has some hefty wording and details that most kids wouldn't be able to wrap their heads around. " said.

" Advanced Reading Copy provided by Charlesbridge in exchange for an honest review.I love Malala, honestly who doesn't. And I'm glad her story is accessible and inspirational to not only adults but children as well.I like how it tells the story but then reiterates in a more historical timeline type of information. " said.

" This book deserves 5 stars and there are many detailed reviews applauding it's value & presentation; my two-star rating is for one glaring concern: the backmatter lists MLK, Jr. as being Methodist!I'm struggling with the rating: does one error ruin an entire book? Not usually, but one has to wonder what other details might be in error. I'm surprised the editor missed this detail before publication! No resources in the backmatter is another concern. " 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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" 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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