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RICKSHAW GIRL by Mitali Perkins

RICKSHAW GIRL

By Mitali Perkins (Author) , Jamie Hogan (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 10

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 1-58089-308-2
Publisher: Charlesbridge

Money is tight, and Naima wants to do something to help her family. If only she were a boy like her friend Saleem, she’d be able to drive her father’s rickshaw and add to the family’s income. Naima does have a special talent; she can paint beautiful alpacas—traditional patterns used by women to decorate Bangladeshi homes during special occasions—but how can this help her make money? When Naima decides to disguise herself as a boy and drive the rickshaw, she accidentally crashes it, and the family’s debt soars even higher. Now Naima is more determined then ever to help her family—and prove that being a girl can be a good thing. Straightforward black-and-white pastel illustrations incorporate alpaca patterns and depict various elements of Naima’s daily life, and a helpful Bangla glossary and informative notes are included. A child-eye’s view of Bangladesh that makes a strong and accessible statement about heritage, tradition and the changing role of women, Naima’s story will be relished by students and teachers alike. (Fiction. 7-10)