Breaking from my traditional review format.
While browsing Netgalley for books to read with my 6 year old, I came across a book called For the Right to Learn and pretty much instantly made the connection that it was ‘about that Malala girl’. To be specific: This is the children’s version of her story. Well, what I’d heard about it had been pretty cool, so I requested the book for professional review.
(Note: Malala is the young woman who was shot in the head for standing up for girls’ rights to education in Pakistan.)
For the Right to Learn Review
I planned on pre-reading it before I read it with my child because I figured, even though it was the children’s version, it’d probably be a little too advanced for her, so I needed to know exactly what it said so I could explain as we went, without scrambling for words.
So I opened the book, and began to read. Its only 40 pages long, so it only took me a few minutes, but that few minutes was enough to instill a deep respect in me for Malala Yousafzai. That young woman has more courage than I will ever have. More courage than anyone I’ve ever known.
The author did a wonderful job in choosing the right words to simply, but powerfully, communicate Malala’s story. The illustrator did an amazing job with the graphics on each page, communicating emotions like fear, terror, and determination with a subtle beauty.
I will be reading this with my child, even though it truly too advanced for her. I will do my best to make her understand Malala’s story, and to communicate the courage that it has to take to do what she’s done. Eventually, she will be old enough and she will understand it. In the meantime, I will lay the foundation. I will teach her to look to Malala as an example of a true leader and inspiring role model.
I’ll finish the review with one of Malala’s most well-known quotes: “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.”
Click here to find For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) now on Amazon.com