Here’s a new picture book to keep an eye out for:
Written by Malala Yousafzai herself. Malala’s Magic Pencil outlines the authors childhood affiliation with education (particularly for girls) and her belief that school should be the right of every child. The picture book is wordy but opens dialogue on a number of levels, from the idea that not everybody’s living arrangements, poverty level or food accessibility, etc is equal across the globe, to the notion that education for females is not guaranteed across cultures. There are highly pertinent topics for discussion with young readers, and on that account this book delivers.
Malala’s Magic Pencil is a powerful reminder of the ability in all of us to take action and fight for our own personal beliefs. The book is particularly indicative of Yousafzai’s own passions, and it also deals briefly and very well with the assassination attempt on the young author, conveying the point but not going into detail; a very age appropriate methodology.
Illustrations are wonderful and colorful and the pace of the story is good.
I read this one with my four year old daughter and we actually had a wonderful conversation about many of the points made in this story, from children digging through trash for food, to why the Taliban believe that girls should not go to school, to why it is important to give voice to one’s own beliefs. Quite a story-time for a day!
This book was a recent publication (in October 2017) and so it should come across your desk/ library shelf very, very shortly (if it’s not already there).
Check it out HERE and look out for my favorite quote from the book:
One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.
Enjoy this one!