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Malala's Magic Pencil Hardcover – Picture Book, October 17, 2017
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|Malala's Magic Pencil||Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights||I Am Malala (Young Readers Edition)||We Are Displaced||I Am Malala|
|From Malala Yousafzai, messages of hope for readers of all ages||PICTURE BOOK Inspired by Malala's childhood, a story for the youngest readers||CHAPTER BOOK Malala's story for beginning readers ages 6-10||MIDDLE GRADE Malala's story for kids ages 10+||YOUNG ADULT Malala's journey and stories of refugee girls from around the world||THE ORIGINAL MEMOIR Malala's story for adults|
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* "This is a wonderful read for younger students that will also provide insight and encourage discussion about the wider world. ... The simplicity of Yousafzai's writing and the powerful message she sends, make this book inspirational for all."―School Library Journal (starred review)
- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (October 17, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 48 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316319570
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316319577
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.63 x 0.5 x 10.63 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First, this book was appropriate for kids of multiple ages. My 7 and 9-year olds learned more about Malala from the detailed pictures. Her concrete home has cracked walls. A group of children literally pick through a trash heap to feed their families. There is a power in illustration to tell the context of the story, and for my two kids who already know Malala’s story and can learn more from illustration - well, it’s powerful.
My 4-year-old has been deeply affected by recent school shootings near our house, and I didn’t want to read a book about someone getting shot going to school because he doesn’t need that right now - and nuance is lost when you’re four. This book gives you the option to talk about it or not. Malala is in a hospital gown with a bracelet on one page, but the shooting isn’t explicit. I have read the book several times with my little one, and he gets the courage and the context without getting more freaked out.
Finally, the whole frame of her pencil being magical is just brilliant. Gold foil writing creeps across each page. And kids get that sometimes just telling your story - or listening to stories and taking action - is the central act of courage.
Malala herself wrote this beautiful story about the magic of the pen, the power of the human voice. She begins the story about a television show that inspired her to dream of a magic pencil. As she grows up, she realizes the magic is her own voice and bravery to speak up. The shooting isn’t mentioned, but Malala alludes to it on one page: “My voice became so powerful that the dangerous men tried to silence me. But they failed.” This is a true #ownvoices autobiographical picture book.
Highly recommend for elementary school history / social studies, and it's just a wonderfully inspiring book to have at home. We're so grateful to have this book in both English and Chinese!
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Malala used to love a TV show called Shaka Laka Boom Boom and wished for a magic pencil like the boy on TV. However, when real trouble came, described in the book as 'powerful and dangerous men declared that girls should be forbidden from going to school' Malala needed just her voice and an ordinary pen to write about her life and that of her friends.
The actual shooting is not mentioned for this audience (religion mentioned at all either). The text is simply written on a black page 'My voice became so powerful that dangerous men tried to silence me'. 'They failed'. On the opposite page is a drawing of Malala with her back to us, the only clue that she is in hospital is a hospital name tag around her wrist. I think this is a very delicate and touching way to present this horror where that adult can make a call whether to leave it at that, or answer any questions a child may have in a way they see fit.
The ending is triumphant , of course, with Malala continuing to use her ordinary pencil and her ordinary voice to stand up for the rights of all people to have an education and to live in peace and safety. A must have book for every school and home.
My 5 year old son is just starting to appreciate it but I'd expect it to take another year for him to fully absorb the awesomness of Malala's story.
Everyone we have gifted it to has loved it -boys and girls- and are fascinated how it is a real story.