: Book Review – For the Right to Learn, Malala Yousafzai’s Story by Rebecca Langston-George (Capstone Young Readers, 2015)

cover64413-mediumPub Date Sep 1, 2015
Capstone Young Readers
For the Right to Learn
Malala Yousafzai’s Story

by Rebecca Langston-George
Illustrated by Janna Bock
Children’s Nonfiction


Blurb: She grew up in a world where women were supposed to be quiet. But Malala Yousafzai refused to be silent. She defied the Taliban’s rules, spoke out for education for every girl, and was almost killed for her beliefs. This powerful true story of how one brave girl named Malala changed the world proves that one person really can make a difference.

For ages 9-12.
*A fascinating story of peace, bravery, and non-violent protest* Malala Yousafzai won the Noel Peace Prize *An inspiring, illustrated nonfiction picture book for young readers.

Review: Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and children’s rights. For her efforts she became the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize. Her uncommon history, (non only in a country like Pakistan, where conservative ideals and patriarchal and masculinist structures persist , but in everywhere around the world), is now contained in a picture book for children For the Right to Learn Malala Yousafzai’s Story, written by Rebecca Langston-George and illustrated by Janna Bock.

To an audience of readers between 9 and 12 years old, this picture book is an example of how civil commitment can be divulged among the younger, more sensitive than you think to these issues. The little ones have their heroes, their models, and it is useful for their growth to see a positive successful model, expecially if it is represented by a brave young girl as Malala, that armed only of her desire of learning and culture, can reach such importants results and is heard and respected by the adults. The same president of USA, Barack Obama, with his wife, Michelle Obama, and their daughter, Malia, have met with Malala Yousafzai in the Oval Office, in the 2013.

The writing is very simple and easy to understand by young readers, although the presence of an adult is necessary, given the highly dramatic themes (discrimination of female children and woman, threats, armed attacks) of the story.

The pictures are extremely significative, enriching the text and helping young readers understand. However at the end of the text there is a glossary that explains more challenging words like “ban”, “infiltrate”, “intimidate”, etc…

I highly recommend For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story for any parents and teachers.

Rebecca Langston-George is a middle school language arts teacher who also trains teachers in writing instruction.  Her articles, poetry and puzzles have appeared in many children’s magazines. When she’s not at the keyboard Rebecca volunteers for the local chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).  She is also a past president of the Kern Reading Association.  The granddaughter of a fabulous flapper, Rebecca lives in Bakersfield, California.

With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me access to an early digital ARC of this book.


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