Malala's Magic Pencil

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BY Julia Thum | 0 Comment(s)

As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil that she could use to redraw reality. She would use it to give gifts to her family, to erase the smell from the rubbish dump near her house, to sleep an extra hour in the morning As she grew older, Malala wished for bigger and bigger things. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realised that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.

My Thoughts

For many of this will be a very humbling little book. The story offers a perspective on a life that should make think twice when we’re feeling sorry for ourselves, hard done by or unfortunate.

Malala’s wish for bigger and bigger things will be nothing like many children’s ‘wish list’ at this time of year and we must remember she is one of many many children in similar and worse situations, the others just don’t have a voice we can all hear.

This beautifully illustrated version of Malala’s paperback is a picture book prepared for younger readers, with easy words and repetitions for younger readers and a simple and affecting tale to tell as a bedtime story. My mother used to suggest I count my blessings before I fell asleep at night. This interesting and enjoyable story should make us all grateful for what we have and to think carefully about our own hopes and dreams



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