Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala (Hardcover)

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By Lina Maslo, Lina Maslo (Illustrator)
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This picture book for young children tells the story of Malala, the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize. Courageous to use her words and actions to impact women’s equality in her country of Pakistan, Malala is a real-life “super hero.” This is an inspirational true story which could serve as a great read-aloud with your youngster, providing a perfect opportunity to look at a world that is not equal, yet has the potential to be “free as a bird.”

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The inspiring true story of Malala Yousafzai, human rights activist and the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, from debut author/illustrator Lina Maslo.

When Malala Yousafzai was born, some people shook their heads because girls were considered bad luck. But her father looked into her eyes and knew she could do anything.

In Pakistan, some believed girls should not be educated. But Malala and her father were not afraid. She secretly went to school and spoke up for education in her country.

And even though an enemy tried to silence her powerful voice, she would not keep quiet. Malala traveled around the world to speak to girls and boys, to teachers, reporters, presidents, and queens—to anyone who would listen—and advocated for the right to education and equality of opportunity for every person. She would shout so that those without a voice could be heard. So everyone could be as free as a bird.

Free as a Bird is the inspiring true story of a fearless girl and the father who taught her to soar.

Praise For…

“With elegant prose and evocative imagery, Free as a Bird takes even the youngest reader by the hand into Malala’s world, a world where pure determination can help shape a better future.”
— Award-winning illustrator Pat Cummings

“An awe-inspiring tribute to the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner ever”
— Booklist

“Timeless in its message, this biography is a fine addition to nonfiction collections.”
— School Library Journal

“[A] visually poetic addition to the growing collection of children’s books about [Malala]”
— Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062560773
ISBN-10: 0062560778
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2018
Pages: 40
Language: English