March 2015

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in March 2015. Click on the "check the catalog" link to see if the book is available. If it isn't, ask a librarian to put it on hold for you.

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Malala, a brave girl from Pakistan; Iqbal, a brave boy from Pakistan

  • By Jeanette Winter
  • Call number: JNF 331.3109 WINTER
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  • Recommended for ages: 4-8

This is two picture books in one! The stories of two incredibly brave children from Pakistan, Iqbal Masih and Nobel Peace Prize-winning Malala Yousafzai, are beautifully connected together in one book. First, Iqbal stands up to carpet manufacturers who use child labor and brings his story to the world. Then Malala survives an attack by those who disagree with her and continues to spread her message worldwide: that young girls everywhere have a right to attend school. This touching and powerful introduction is ultimately hopeful for justice and a better tomorrow. But much more than even this, it is solid proof that the oppressors' greatest fear is the education of our next generation. As the United Nations said of Malala's attackers: "We know their greatest fear: a girl with a book".

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The Magic Wall

When King Bertram visits his neighbor King Ferdinand, he is surprised that King Ferdinand’s castle has no wall around it and convinces him to build one. After the wall is complete, King Ferdinand notices that the villagers and the royal family alike have become unhappy. This wonderfully illustrated Austrian folk story teaches an important lesson about the power of friendship and kindness.

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