Tuesday, July 28, 2015

For the Right to Learn - Malala Yousafzais Story - a bookwrap

Unwrapping quotes from Malala...


Author:  Rebecca Langston-George

Illustrator:  Janna Beck

Ages:  6-12

Unwrapping some amazing illustrations...

About the book...

This book needs to be in every classroom and library in the world.  This is a heart-breaking but very inspiring story of a little Pakistani girl named Malala who was called by God to make a difference in the world.  In her country the Taliban...

"A group of fundamentalist Sunni Muslim militants living today mostly between Afghanistan and Pakistan.  The word Taliban means 'students' in Pashto, a name used because many of the original members studied in Pakistan reglious schools called madrassas."  -info.com

...terrorized the citizens and forbade girls the right to have an education.  

"But the Taliban leaders who controlled the area were against letting girls go to school.  They declared that females should be separated from the males.  They wanted to outlaw education for girls.  They also tried to force woman to wear garments called burqas to cover their entire bodies and faces."

Malala and her father defied their orders but daily the Taliban grew stronger and imposed more rules on the oppressed, terrified people.   Their threats did not stop the father and daughter.  They spoke to clubs, wrote letters to newspapers, and called journalists about their plight.  Could it get any worse, this bullying and intimidation by the Taliban?  Would girls be banned for going to school and learning forever?  Would Malala and her dad's lives be in danger because of their resistance to the Taliban orders?

 Malala would not be silenced and was asked by the BBC to blog about the schools closing and the girls being banned from attending.  She was defiant and adamant not to give up her mission   even though there was incredible danger all around her.  

Unfortunately one day while on her school bus men from the Taliban came on board, demanded to know who Malala was, and then shot her in the face believing this would quiet her once and for all.  But fortunately she did not die.  She was quickly transported to a local hospital by the bus driver and then because she was in such serious condition had to be airlifted to England for more intensive specialist care and many, many surgeries.  

Malala survived her terrible, frightening ordeal and because of her bravery and unbroken spirit to carry on with her message of hope for children to receive an education around the world...

"On July 12, 2013, she delivered a speech before world leaders at the United Nations. "  

Malala become the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to an education. So many other accolades have been bestowed upon her also.  She now lives in Birmingham, England and she and her father continue to speak out.  

Malala started an organization to fund education in countries like Pakistan.  She promises to continue to work toward 'peace in every home' and 'education for every boy and every girl in the world.' This book is excellent and I highly recommend it.

About the author...

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.

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