Rickshaw Girl

Rickshaw Girl

eBook - 2008
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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.
Publisher: Watertown, Mass. : Charlesbridge ; Enfield : Publishers Group UK [distributor], 2008
ISBN: 9781607345077
Characteristics: 1 online resource (91 p.)
Additional Contributors: Hogan, Jamie


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Oct 02, 2017

I am an adult, but this was an appealing story that portrayed the efforts of a young girl trying to help her parents in their struggle to make a living. She makes big mistakes, but it all comes right in the end. The story helped me learn about the culture of Bangladesh, with some help from a glossary, which included a picture of how to wrap a saree. The beautiful illustrations include designs called alpanas used to decorate houses.

Mar 21, 2014

This story gives a glimpse of life in rural Bangladesh for younger readers. The story focuses on the role of girls and women in modern Bangladeshi society while also touching on topics of traditional Bangladeshi art (alpanas), history (Ekushey/ International Mother Language Day), and microfinance. A good story for students in grades 3 to 6.


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