I finally got my hands on a copy of this book after waiting patiently for months. I was captivated from the start by reading about her life, journey, and outlook on life. The book offers great insight into world events from the perspective of someone outside of the United States which I found interesting and refreshing.
As I read the book I could not help but continue to think about how in the world we can help students here in America appreciate the wonderful opportunities they have for learning. You could just feel her thirst for knowledge and desire to be educated. Her world shows the power of being literate and knowing how to think for yourself no matter who you are. As an educator I think that so many take school and education for granted. I would go so far to say that this would include parents, communities, and even teachers. Deep down I think everyone agrees about the importance of an education, but we don’t always follow through and deliver on those sentiments. Our society does not hold education in high regard like we do sports, fashion, and being a celebrity.
I will be buying two copies of this book. One for each of my daughters. Every year I buy a book for each of my kids and write a year reflection inside the jacket. I will buy these copies but will have to wait until they are older to give them to them as they are only 3 and 7. They need to hear and read her message. They need to understand the power they have as both kids and girls in this world. They need to learn from her story and fight for what they believe and do not let anyone stop them.
In closing, Malala continues to be one of my favorite people to follow and study. Her life and her message are top notch and more students need to hear her message and words. She should be gaining more press in the end of year celebrations instead of KimYe and Miley Cyrus.
This is a great read to understand life in the Middle East during the last few decades and how despite all obstacles if we are determined we can make things happen just as Malala has done.
My Evernote file of notes on this book will be used over and over again as there is so much to be shared in the future.