I received this book at no cost from the publisherMalala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai, Kerascoët
on October 17th 2017
About the Book:
Title: MALALA’S MAGIC PENCIL
Author: Malala Yousafzai, Kerascoët (Illustrations)
Pub. Date: October 17, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Nobel Peace Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Malala Yousafzai’s first picture book, inspired by her own childhood.
Malala’s first picture book will inspire young readers everywhere to find the magic all around them.
As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.
This beautifully illustrated volume tells Malala’s story for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed Malala to hold on to hope even in the most difficult of times.
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially education of women in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Her advocacy has since grown into an international movement.
MALALA’S MAGIC PENCIL is a wonderful way to explain what is happening to children in other parts of the world. Malala starts her story by drawing the children in with how much her early youth was compared to those in the United States. She relates that she wished she had a magical pencil to help draw a solution to a problem. Some of the wishes are normal like wanting a lock on her door so her brothers didn’t bother her but by the end, she is wishing for world peace.
The book itself is perfectly illustrated with warm colors and will definitely draw in even the youngest child. Although this can be read to even the youngest, it is probably a read out loud story for those just starting chapter books. I got the chills when I read this, remember how she stood up to those who oppressed her. It will leave everyone with a feeling that they can help create peace just by starting in their own room and makes that goal obtainable.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of MALALA’S MAGIC PENCIL , US Only.