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Malala: A Brave Girl from Pakistan / Iqbal: A Brave Boy from Pakistan

by Jeanette Winter

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These two stories portrayed in this book are both extremely moving and telling. The stories follow Malala and Iqbal, two children from Pakistan who are battling to overcome the hardships they face in their country. The pictures really help to support the text and though the story is written for younger students to understand, the author's word choice still paints a very vivid picture in your head and accurately tells the story of their lives and what they continue to face. ( )
  jazminejackson | Nov 8, 2017 |
This book was one of the most, if not the most powerful children’s book I have ever encountered. While this book was reflecting a child’s life in Pakistan it connected a cultural identity with the ways of life in the country from a child’s eyes. Typically, while children’s books are filled with relatable subjects and illustrations that attract a child this book took a different route. The main idea that was focused on throughout this book was that these children were not afraid to be brave and speak on the issues their country entails. Each child (Iqbal and Malala) was sensitive and aware of the flaws of their country and spoke out to inspire other children/countries around the world of their struggles in life.
One thing I enjoyed about this book was the point of view followed. For example, in Iqbal’s case, he reflected in first person on his experiences being owned by a carpet boss. While the overall subject matter was powerful, the fact Iqbal was reflecting from his own mind the difficulties he witnessed made the matter all the more powerful coming from a child’s point of view.
Another thing I enjoyed about this book was that it pushed readers to consider tough issues within other countries. In one part of the book once Iqbal reached independence away from the hardships he reflected, “Pesghi has been outlawed – all loans are forgiven. The carpet boss doesn’t own him anymore.” This type of language pushes the reader to a different meaning Pakistan and the everyday struggles their citizens go through. The unfair, brutal treatment of children is defined in both Iqbal and Malala’s eyes as a disgrace that they hoped to branch out to create awareness.
One thing I would reconsider with this book is the age group it is targeted too. While this book sends a powerful message, it is also a sensitive one that should be used with caution. For instance the shooting/death of Iqbal can be difficult for a young child to interpret. I believe that the world should be aware of the issues in areas such as Pakistan, however approached to the idea with caution. ( )
  taylornewsome | Sep 11, 2017 |
Malala and Iqbal are perhaps two of the bravest figures from this corner of the world. This book doesn't even begin to cover everything they went through (and in Malala's case continue to go through) but it is a fantastic start and great way to introduce them to young readers. ( )
  ilonon | Apr 20, 2017 |
This book focuses on telling the story of Malala and how she fought in her country for the right for girls to go to school. Malala became an activist for her country. Due to her speaking out, Malala was shot in the neck to keep her silent. The endangerment of her life did not become a stopping point for her and she continues to reach out and speak for girls all over the world. ( )
  ChantorriG | Apr 11, 2017 |
There are two Reasons why I liked Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery by Jeanette Winter. One reason why I liked the book is because of the author’s writing style. The author chose to tell two stories in one book. One story had a tragic ending, while the other story had a happy ending. The author’s choice to tell both stories elucidates to children that you cannot always predict the ending. Both these stories are true accounts of life in Pakistan. The author’s choice to include both stories broadens children’s perspectives to life in Pakistan.
Another reason why I liked this story is the illustrations enhance the meaning of the text. The book uses terms like the Taliban that children may not be familiar with. The illustrations enhance the story showing that the Taliban don’t want girls to go to school. The illustrator uses dark colors to portray the Taliban, and their body language in the illustrations does not portray a friendly demeanor. I liked this story because although it has terms that children may not fully understand, the illustrations are great contextual features to help them get a general understanding.
The big idea of Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery by Jeanette Winter is that children can stand up for what they believe in starting at a young age. Malala believed that girls should be educated, so she travels the world in order to raise awareness on educational inequality in Pakistan. Iqbal’s life ended as he was trying to stand up for other children in Pakistan. This book illustrates for the reader that one person can ignite change. Malala was shot, and she still stands up for the rights that she believes women should have in her country. ( )
  Taylorbacon | Apr 11, 2017 |
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Meet two heroes of Pakistan who stood up for the rights to freedom and education in these inspirational nonfiction tales from acclaimed author-illustrator Jeanette Winter. Two stories of bravery in one beautiful book including the story of Malala Yousafzai, a winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize! 
One country: Pakistan. Two children: Iqbal Masih and Malala Yousafzai. Each was unafraid to speak out. He, against inhumane child slavery in the carpet trade. She, for the right of girls to attend school. Both were shot by those who disagreed with them he in 1995, she in 2012. Iqbal was killed instantly; Malala miraculously survived and continues to speak out around the world. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her work. 
The stories of these two courageous children whose bravery transcended their youth, beautifully written and illustrated by celebrated author Jeanette Winter, are an inspiration to all.
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A "picture-book biography of two young Pakistani heroes--Malala Yousafzai and Iqbal Masih--from ... nonfiction author/illustrator Jeanette Winter"--

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