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Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery

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Meet two heroes of Pakistan who stood up for the rights to freedom and education in these inspirational nonfiction tales from acclaimed author-illustrator Jeannette Winter. Two stories of bravery in one beautiful book!

Meet two brave young heroes of Pakistan who stood up for the right to freedom and education in this inspirational nonfiction picture book from acclaimed auth
ebook, 40 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Beach Lane Books (first published November 4th 2014)
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Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Winter does a fine job of explaining the lives of two brave children to even the youngest readers.

Most of the world is familiar with Malala's tale - a young girl's belief that an education should be available to all, regardless of sex.
Less well known is the story of Iqbal Masih, a bonded worker who later spoke out against child labor.
I really liked this one. Winter tells the stories of both of these heroes quite simply, with a minimum of words. Likewise, her artwork is not detailed, but very ev
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Picture-Books Addressing Poverty, Injustice and Activism
Jeanette Winter, whose many excellent picture-book biographies for children include such titles as Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa , The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps , and The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq , here examines the lives of two young Pakistani children, each activists in their own way, who came to international attention for their brave opposition to injustice. One half of the book is devoted to Malala Yousafzai, an advocate of ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This was not as in depth a look at Malala Yousafzi and Iqbal Masih as in other children's books I've read, but it makes a nice introduction to these two brave children.
I don't know how I managed to miss this book, which tells the stories of two young Pakistani fighters for social justice. Although I might wish that there were more details provided for both youngsters, the book offers just the right amount of information for its particular audience. Adults familiar with Malala Yousafzai and Iqbal Masih, both youngsters who were brave enough to speak out against unfair practices in their homeland, will be delighted to have this book to share with a young audienc ...more
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This nonfiction picture book celebrates the accomplishments of two young heroes from Pakistan. Told side-by-side, in a book that flips over, the two young people both managed to make real changes in their country. Malala Yousafzai is a very well-known heroine who fights for the rights of young women in Pakistan to have an education. Iqbal Masih has also won human rights awards and fought for the end of child slavery in the carpet industry. Both of them were shot as a result of their efforts to c ...more
Cdn Reader (Inactive)
Using a "two-books-in-one" picture book format, Jeanette Winter brings the stories of Iqbal Masih and Malala Yousafzai, two brave children from Pakistan, to the very young. It is a clever idea: one girl; one boy. The stories of each are linked with a center illustration of the two children flying kites--an iconic Pakistani celebratory activity.

In spite of the fact that there is very little text on each page, some vocabulary could be quite challenging to young audiences: Taliban; religious extre
Apr 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Text to Text: Recently I read a book called I Am Malala for a presentation I gave about interactive read alouds in the content areas. This was the tale of Malala Yousafzai and how she single handedly began a movement for educational change in Pakistan. The book itself is geared toward a young adult audience, so it wouldn’t be appropriate for this assignment. The theme is so important though, and I was excited to find a children’s version of the book on the library shelves. Text from I Am Malala ...more
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
We just completed our unit on Historical Fiction. You learned about men and women who fought against segregation, fought for equal rights, fair treatment, and the right to follow their dreams. Do you think only adults can do these things? How can kids like you help? (Make student-generated list) What if what you were tying to do made other people angry? So angry that they might hurt you to make you stop trying... would you stop? We are going to read two stories about two very brave kids who didn ...more
May 02, 2017 added it
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Lauren Fariss:

This simplified version of two tales of bravery, is a great way to get students thinking about what they themselves feel strongly about. Because it is about two young people who stood up and made a difference, this a great text to help students understand that even at a young age, their actions have consequences and they can have a long-lasting, positive impact on the lives of others.

After reading this text, the following strategies would be great tools for students: "What Would Ha
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Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Malala, A Brave Girl From Pakistan/Iqbal, A Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery is an inspiring true story of to child heroes. Children in Pakistan were enslaved and not allowed to be educated. Malala and Iqbal who were children themselves, stood up against the mistreatment of children in Pakistan. Iqbal and Malala were both shot by individual who didn't agree with their movement in 1995. Iqbal dies from the shooting. Malala is still spreading awareness and she won the Nobel Peace Pr ...more
I’m sorry that I missed reading these two stories beautifully told and illustrated last year by Jeannette Winter. On one side is the story of Malala; turn it over and there is the story of Iqbal. The words are brief, inspiring stories told for younger children, but each also adds an author’s note that explains more. There is a beautiful quote at the beginning of each by Rabindranath Tagore: “Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless when facing them.” These are the words e ...more
Heartbreaking yet hopeful stories of two young children from Pakistan who showed great courage as they fought to improve not only their own lives but the lives of other children. While I wouldn't read this with really young children due to the violence perpetrated, this can lead to a lot of great discussion...about the importance of education, about child labor, about courage, about the freedoms we enjoy in the US (and many other nations) but that aren't enjoyed in all parts of the world, about ...more
This is another great book to add to a growing list of picture books highlighting young people around the world who are changing the world. Jeannette Winter shares a but about the lives of Iqbal and Malala with the focus on their bravery and the fact that they took a stand and acted even though they were young. These two stories will certainly provide a starting point for classroom discussions about the rights of children.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Though I think it is hard to fit two picture book biographies into one book, Winters did an admirable job and also at a level that is appropriate for primary grades. A nice compliment to other books on Malala and a good intro to Iqbal.
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dad, ellie, jacob, mom
Wonderful book. A must read to our children. It takes the blinders off of their eyes to the blessings we have here and being able to home educate in relative peace. What a great example of 2 most extraordinary brave children in today's time that our children can relate to.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
The book had 2 parts, honestly, the Malala part was better, barely. The Iqbal part I found boring, and to me it felt to sudden of what happened to him. To me, Malala was ended up a bit slower and had more details. The message of this book is to speak up for yourself, and you will have good reward.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the illustrations and the story, but it was very touching that these kids can't go to school. My question that popped up was" why do Talibans want the children? And why do they not want the kids to be educated?" I wish that this will change in the next few years because that is unfair.
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This set of two books in one started excellent conversations with my children over Pakistan, The Taliban, and our freedoms in America.
Julianne Burk
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
In my humble opinion; not helpful for
Kayla Rhome
Plot Summary:
- In this nonfiction biography by Jeanette Winter actually contains two biographies about two children from Pakistan that took a stand a made a difference. Malala the girl in the story is a young girl who defies all rules of women. “Women can’t learn. Women can’t go to school. Women can’t read.” But Malala keeps going against this and attending school and wearing non-traditional clothes. She wants to stand up for her right along with many other women Malala and her friends had to ri
Jimna Carbone
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies
Malala, A Brave Girl From Pakistan/Iqbal, A Brave Boy From Pakistan by Jeanette Winter. New York, 2014
Characters: Malala and Iqbal
Setting: Muridke, Pakistan and Mingora, Pakistan.
Theme: Children Nonfiction Biographies, Activists, children’s rights.
Golden quote: “I have the right to speak up-”
Plot/Summary: The author Jeanette Winter has combined two biographies about Malala and Iqbal in one book. Both of them are from Pakistan but lived in different villages and different times. However, both wer
Ben Truong
Malala: a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal: a Brave Boy from Pakistan is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter. It is a book about the bravery of two children, Malala Yousafzai and Iqbal Masih, who spoke out against injustice in their world.

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtu
Today, we’re going to be reading Malala: A Brave Girl from Pakistan by Jeanette Winter. Have any of you heard of Malala Yousafzai? What do you know about her? (wait for student responses) Yes, Malala is a young woman who fought for her right to get an education when others were saying she and other girls shouldn’t be allowed to go to school. Now, the subtitle of this book is “a brave girl from Pakistan”. Why might Malala have needed to be brave? (wait for student responses) Yes, some of the peop ...more
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery is a two-story-in-one memoir about two children who stood up to authority in Pakistan. Malala, a young 11 year-old-girl, refused to allow the Taliban to take her education from her, even at the costs of getting shot. Iqbal, a servant to a factory owner, found his voice and his freedom and refused to be silenced as long as he lived. Both stories, though short, are inspiring recounts of real events.

These b
Opening: The book we will read today is a very special one. You see, it’s 2 books in one. One half is about a girl named Malala and the other half is about a boy named Iqbal. It’s called Malala: A Brave Girl from Pakistan and Iqbal: A Brave Boy from Pakistan. It’s by Jeanette Winter. Both of these children are from Pakistan. Let’s find Pakistan on the map. In Pakistan there is a group of people, called the Taliban, who have taken over the country. They are very cruel people who don’t believe in ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an important story of two young Pakistani children who fought for the rights of their fellow Pakistani peers. Iqbal Masih lost his life while advocating to end the practice of child slavery in the carpet trade while Malala Yousafzai was nearly killed for promoting equal educational rights for girls under Taliban rule. Jeanette Winter did a nice job of relating these horrifying stories in a way that parents/educators can share and discuss with their students.
Alyssa Weber
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Malala: a Brave Girl from Pakistan and Iqbal: a Brave Boy from Pakistan by Jeanette Winter is a book that informs readers of two unique stories of bravery. The two stories are very short with text - making it easier for children to read and follow - but still spread a powerful message. Malala's story tells of the Taliban, and their refusal of education. Malala - a young girl - stands up and fights for her right to learn. One half of the book is dedicated to her story and her fight for education. ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a double-sided picture book about two children named Malala and Iqbal, both are from Pakistan and were brave in the face of danger. The two children were born 15 years apart and never met, but their stories are connected. Iqbal stands up to child slavery and Malala stands up to the Taliban and their ban on girls being educated. The children are brave beyond their years and stand up for what is right in the face of great danger. The illustrations in both stories carry the theme of ki ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two real life heroes - Iqbal Masih and Malala Yousufzai meet on the pages of this two-in-one picture book by renowned author-illustrator Jeanette Winter. Iqbal spoke up against the child slavery in the carpet trade while Malala championed the girl’s education. Both were violently attacked, and while Malala survived , Iqbal did not.

The book deals with these harsh realities of many children’s lives in a simple age-appropriate text accompanied by bright visuals and colors which lend to the moods of
This book includes two stories -- one beginning at either end of the book--that meet in the middle. They tell of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot and nearly killed by the Taliban because of her activism around schooling for girls; and of Iqbal Masih, the Pakistani boy who stood up for his rights and the rights of other children who were forced into slave labor, and was later shot and killed because of his advocacy. The book handles these events delicately enough for its young au ...more
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