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

by Jeanette Winter

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"A lushly illustrated picture-book biography of two young Pakistani heroes, Malala Yousafzai and Iqbal Masih, from acclaimed nonfiction author/illustrator Jeanette Winter"-- "Two stories of bravery in one beautiful book! Meet two brave young heroes of Pakistan who stood up for the right to freedom and education in this inspirational nonfiction picture book from acclaimed author-illustrator Jeanette Winter. 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. The stories of these two courageous children whose bravery transcended their youth are an inspiration to all"--… (more)
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Read about Malala, who fought for education in Pakistan; then flip the book to read about Iqbal, a boy who fought against child labor. Both are important stories of children fighting injustice. Author’s Note.
  NCSS | Jul 23, 2021 |
This is the story of Malala Yousafzai, a school girl in Pakistan who proved to be very brave and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
  wichitafriendsschool | Nov 12, 2020 |
I was in for a pleasant surprise. It's two biographies in one book. The first story is based on young girl Malala, and the second story is based on a young boy named Iqbal. Both are stories of children who, in their reality, cannot even go to school without the Taliban threatening their lives. I liked this book and the way these two stories of these two strangers who are so different but yet so similar in the cause they were fighting for - Freedom. ( )
  KaylaCrescioni | Mar 23, 2020 |
There is some debate about reading this book to children, as the children in the book experience suffering as victims of violence. At my school, an International Baccalaureate World School, I would not read this book to children below 3rd grade. This book has so much to contribute to the awareness of children living in America and other developed countries. They may have learned a tiny bit about child labor, but who knew that in Pakistan, your children could be enslaved to pay the debts of their parents?! Iqbal is CHAINED to his loom, weaving carpets that are exported as luxuries to countries like ours. This book would be a great complement to studies of ethics in economics for kids, having them all research the origins of something they are wearing or a favorite toy. The story of Malala is better known, and the way the two stories are connected, as Malala continuing to fight for the rights of children, is beautifully represented on the last page, connected by the string of a kite, like an umbilical cord between two worlds. ( )
  rrednour | Feb 19, 2020 |
Malala is a young Taliban fighter. She just wants to get an education and for other girls like her to be able to get one too. On one page it depicts them in the school and it has the Taliban hovering over the school in the smoke in the sky. This is very symbolic to their fight for freedom and education against the Taliban. Some of the words and phrases are written in red. I noticed that its only phrases that are in quotations like things that she said. I think this is a very good touch for the book because it puts emphasis on her words and how they touch so many people not only in her country but in other places where people are experiencing the same things. This book is unique because it is actually two books but they are not just random they are two stories that are kind of similar. They are both kids fighting for their freedom in their country that is very violent. They risk a lot and have weight on them that most kids, at least in the U.S., do not have on them at that age. The other story is about Iqbal who is a young boy who has to work in a carpet factory to pay for his freedom. He has debts to his country that he can not get out of. When he goes to the factory he is chained down to work and many other young children are too. Eventually he finds out that the children have all been freed from their bondage to work but many of them do not even know. He devoted the rest of his life to spread the word to other children at other factories that they were free. In this book too his quotes are highlighted in a different color than the rest of the text. These books are so important because they not only teach kids about the hardships children experience in other countries but they also show them that even as a kid their voice is powerful. The image that connects the stories is very symbolic. It is a picture of Malala in color holding a kite out to Iqbal and Iqbal is on the other side in gray reaching for his kite but not being able to grasp it. This represents that Malala survived getting shot but Iqbal did not, she can continue to spread her message but he has done all he could to spread his message and it is just up to the wind to continue spreading it now. ( )
  JacquelynLochner | Feb 4, 2020 |
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"A lushly illustrated picture-book biography of two young Pakistani heroes, Malala Yousafzai and Iqbal Masih, from acclaimed nonfiction author/illustrator Jeanette Winter"-- "Two stories of bravery in one beautiful book! Meet two brave young heroes of Pakistan who stood up for the right to freedom and education in this inspirational nonfiction picture book from acclaimed author-illustrator Jeanette Winter. 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. The stories of these two courageous children whose bravery transcended their youth are an inspiration to all"--

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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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