Malala’s Magic Pencil

  • Title: Malala’s Magic Pencil
  • Author: Malala Yousafzai
  • Illustrator: Kerascoet
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hatchett Book Group
  • Publication year: 2017
  • Brief Summary: From Little, Brown and Company-“As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I think this could be used in a history class, or world history class and specifically as children are learning that not everyone has had the right to education, not here in America, and still not in other places in the world, such as Pakistan. I think this would teach children compassion, a sense of other countries and the rights that they may take for granted in this country. I would say that this book could be used for older children.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – I liked the use of a metallic gold to show what Malala would draw if she had her magic pencil. I also found the afterword by Malala Yousafzai and her brief biography enlightening.

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