Rickshaw Girl
  • Rickshaw Girl
  • Rickshaw Girl
ISBN: 1580893090
EAN13: 9781580893091
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 1, 2008
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 0.4" H x 8.7" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Naima is a talented painter of traditional alpana patterns, which Bangladeshi women and girls paint on their houses for special celebrations. But Naima is not satisfied just painting alpana. She wants to help earn money for her family, like her best friend, Saleem, does for his family. When Naima's rash effort to help puts her family deeper in debt, she draws on her resourceful nature and her talents to bravely save the day. Includes a glossary of Bangla words and an author's note about a changing Bangladesh and microfinance.

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   This book is a great early reader
This book is a great book for an early reader. I am a librarian for elementary schools and I am always looking for books that present my students with cultures around the world. The book is not long and tells the story of a young girl who wants to financially support her family. She uses her talents to find a way to achieve it. The book would also be a great read aloud for middle school students 2-3. For such a short book, great descriptions and character development are needed.
   Fun, engaging and heart warming
Your children will love it. You might also love it. This is a subtle and heart warming story of the empowerment of women. This story tells without an angry word or a whiff of ideology what poor families can do by collecting the gifts of all their members. These women don 't wait for someone to take them on, but act on risks. And here is no zero sum game - and there is no winner. But my imagination is soaring--this is a kid's story and you'll just have to enjoy it on that level!
   Bengali girl pushing traditional female roles!
Simple story of an ambitious Bengali girl, seemingly trapped in the confines of the traditional Bengali female role. The relationships are authentically portrayed and with compassion for all involved. A great introduction to microfinance for young readers. Our girls whipped quickly through it, but enjoyed the ride.
   Phenomenal and meaningful
This was an authentic, heartfelt story to open the eyes of my children about what daily life, culture and communication as well as relationships look like in another place, Bangladesh.
   10 year old liked it
Very much, my daughter liked this story. She is currently studying India for her 5th grade home school curriculum and this was one of the fiction books we chose to start the section with. She was highly engaged in the story, but it was too easy for her reading level. She enjoyed it in about 30 minutes, but read it really well for 30 minutes!
   Excellent Book!!!
This stolid a fantastic job of bringing the reader into the world of the characters. It has prompted many discussions on gender limitations '' and how to pursue your dreams when things are against you.
   An amazing book
Her father does not make enough money from his job, so the family was on the verge of bankruptcy. Naima is trying to help, but because women could not work and she was not born a boy. She could therefore not help her tired father. This girl is the best aplana painter in her village, but aplana painting was not going to give her family money. Her father drives rickshaws and sometimes gives people rides in exchange for money. Rich people come in the Rickshaw and if it is clean and fancy, it will give you extra money. Salim wishes she can overflow her family with riches so that she and her best friend-boy Naima make a plan for him to change into his clothes while her father was asleep and her mother and sister went out to find a job and make money.
   Perfect read aloud
A young story about a fantastic girl who wants to help her family desperately. You learn much on the culture of Bangladesh as well as many wonderful life lessons on the way. I have enjoyed it thoroughly and look forward to sharing it with my class.
   Awesome story
This book should be read by every child. The reading is very pleasant and worth the effort.