Decoda’s Summer Reading 2018 – Aliza Dhungana
Date posted: August 29, 2018
“‘Who is Malala?” the young gunman asked. No one said a word….. He raised his arm and pointed at me.”
I could see the intense feelings and emotions flowing through my daughter’s face as she read through the book, worried for Malala who was threatened for speaking about her right to attend school.
This week I am reading a book, I am Malala, together with my eight and a half year old daughter, Aadhya. I am Malala is a true story of a young girl, Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan, who was born of an illiterate mother and grew up in her father’s school. She was shot by the Taliban when she publicly spoke up in favor of girls’ education. But this incident did not stop her spirit and determination to fight for the cause. Her story continues to inspire millions of people around the world. It gives insights into the complexities of girls’ right to education. She made us believe in the power of one person’s voice and efforts to inspire change in the world.
It was fascinating to my daughter to hear a voice of another young girl, her opinions and her struggles for the right to education and how that became a global voice. As my daughter reads more pages, she realizes that there are many girls who do not have the opportunity to go to school and feels so thankful for the opportunities she has for her learning.
I am Malala is really an inspiring story for all! It could be a bit overwhelming for young kids unless adult readers discuss the issues so that they fully understand them. There are two versions of this book. I read the Young Readers Edition with my daughter.
“Let us pick up our books and our pens,” I said. “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” ― Malala Yousafzai