Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala by Lina Maslo

Free as a Bird

Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala by Lina Maslo; illustrated by Lina Maslo. 2018. Acrylic and ink. Published by Balzer & Bray.

Brief summary: Born in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai learns that women do not have the same rights as men. Malala’s father is a teacher and takes her to school with him where she learns to read and write. An enemy comes and prohibits girls from going to school. Soon a war breaks out. Malala begins to speak about making Pakistan better by allowing girls to get an education. One day, her voice is stopped, but she is able to continue her campaign in England where the world begins to hear her pleas that all(especially) girls should be able to get an education.

Comments: The time in her life when she is shot by the Taliban is implied that something bad happens but does not let the young reader really know what. The author’s note in the back explains the Pakistani culture. There are a timeline, brief bio of Malalai of Maiwand, and Further Resources sections in the back. End pages are bird cages.

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