Again I'm writing a review of a book that everyone and their mother has already seen. Some may think of this as a feminist book because the main character, a girl, wants to "be a boy" -- have the same opportunities. Naima wonders. I may be last in line on this one, but I'll be the first to slip it proudly onto my library shelves.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eConsider the reading levels a child goes through. Since it is rare to find Bangladeshi characters, from poor backgrounds at that, in modern Western children's literature, Perkins understands that she has to write the best story possible introducing these characters' lives and culture to Western readers.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePerkins includes a helpful glossary of Bangladeshi words used throughout the novel and her book even contains some attractive illustrations of various cultural items referred to throughout such as the rickshaw, alpana designs, sari, lungi, etc.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRickshaw Girl's Portrayal Of Bangladeshi Gender Roles Is Too Simplistic\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOne of the book's major flaws is that it doesn't provide a well-rounded picture of actual Bangladeshi gender roles. So in a sense, Hogan has chosen to throw in her lot with the children. But Naima proves herself and gets to work to pay for the repairs of her father's rickshaw. The culture, the language, and the artistic expressions of Bangladesh can been seen in all the characters that appear in Rickshaw Girl. This would be a great addition to any collection of multicultural books. One of Naima’s frustrations is that unlike her best friend Saleem, she can’t help her father drive his rickshaw because she’s a girl. If she were a boy she could help her father bring income to the family. Determined to convince the owner of the new rickshaw repair shop in the neighboring village to hire her to decorate rickshaws, Naima discovers—to her astonishment—that the owner is a woman. An understand that takes place. Naima's covert experiments at driving her father's rickshaw during his lunch breaks are met with disastrous results. I hope her story reaches out to people just as much as it did for me!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eChildren's Books @ Suite 101\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMitali Perkins' book \u003ci\u003eRickshaw Girl\u003c\/i\u003e is a children's novel set in Bangladesh, a small Asian country bordering India and Myanmar. The beautiful art and the encouraging words of this story are what stick out most to me, and I would recommend it to anyone who needs just a little inspiration.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Indian culture is one that I have some experience with. Tami Charles is a former teacher and the author of picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and nonfiction. The orange and yellow leaves were brilliant against the cloudless blue sky. Perhaps being a female will not hinder her attempts to help her family financially, after all. One that might destroy her family's dreams for good. Summary: Naima is a young girl living in Bangladesh where males and females have diffrent roles and expectations. As Naima arrives she is surprised to find that this shop is run by a woman. Nevertheless, I don’t care. This is a highly recommended book for all libraries with young readers, for a glimpse of a strong girl who wants to make things right and, through a bit of luck and a changing world, eventually does. A couple years in and it's time to move on to early chapter books. Mitali Perkins is the author of Rickshaw Girl, a New York Public Library Top 100 Book; Tiger Boy, a Junior Library Guild selection; and You Bring the Distant Near, among other novels.Mitali was born in Kolkata, India, and has lived in Bangladesh, India, England, Thailand, Mexico, Cameroon, and Ghana. Rickshaw Girl reads much like a fairy tale, too, or like a legend drawn from Bangladesh, where India-born Mitali Perkins lived for a time and from which her ancestors came. Part of the story deals with traditional Bangladeshi arts, and the illustrations really help to give you a sense of what their art is like. A beautiful story set in Bangladesh where girls can't work or go to school or be friends with boys. Boys earn money and work with their fathers. Some things, like women-run micro banks, are mentioned tantalizingly in passing, giving an interested child ideas to investigate on their own. In an interesting twist, Hogan chooses never to show the faces of Naima's mother and father. Naima's story was inspired by the girls and women the author met while living in Bangladesh. When Naima's parents cannot afford to pay her school fees anymore, she faces hard realities about limitations placed on girls in modern Bangladeshi society. For some reason I've been especially taken with the shadow of Naima's arm. If she were a boy she could help her father bring income to the family. [Mitali Perkins; Jamie Hogan] -- In her Bangladesh village, ten-year-old Naima excels at painting designs called alpanas, but to help her impoverished family financially she would have to be a boy--or disguise herself as one. A good example of Hogan's style, with a nice glimpse of an actual rickshaw being driven (possibly by Saleem) in the background. \u003ci\u003eMonsoon Summer\u003c\/i\u003e was set in India and had a long-distance romance (a very long distance: India to the United States) at its heart. This book is a short story with a happy ending that I would read over and over when I need that inspiration.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe artwork in this story really helped me to become more involved with the words. Sign up for our newsletter and be the first to know about special events, coupons and promotions. This beautiful outdoor artwork that the women take up is a tradition that keeps the landscape of homes up-to-date and catchy. Rickshaw Girl teaches young readers an important lesson about the virtues of caring for one's family. Boys go out and make money; girls help their mothers with household tasks. What good are alpanas? Gracefully drawn charcoal spot illustrations that suggest the paper's texture are a perfect accent to the story. Naima doesn't let a small thing like being a girl get in the way of her trying to help her fmaily. When she sticks out her tongue in one scene, it is exactly the way a kid WOULD stick out their tongue. Illustrator Jamie Hogan remains a bit of a mystery to me. The artwork continues with designs on the walls of the hut and on the panels of the rickshaws. More than just a situation, this short chapter book tells a realistic story with surprises that continue until the end. There is even an illustration of Naima's secret meeting in the banana grove. Her family situation is actually pretty dire, all things considered, and what with having a heroine who is less than perfect, you really feel you can root for Naima. Her beautiful patterned alpanas have won first prize on International Mother Language Day, and her paintings bring color to the clay walls inside her family's one-room hut. While disguised as a boy, Naima discovers that the local rickshaw repair shop in her village is owned by a woman, who reopened her late father's shop after receiving a microcredit loan. The illustrations in this novel are very meaningful to me because they allow for me to see into this Indian world. Naima's story was inspired by the girls and women the author met while living in Bangladesh. For some reason I've been especially taken with the shadow of Naima's arm. Black-and-white pastel drawings depict authentic alpana designs and also provide glimpses into Naima's dynamic world, underscoring the novel's accessible message about the intersections of tradition and transformation. While this story is more about of Naima’s entrepreneurial schemes than her family relationships, the father is shown as encouraging, rather than discouraging, his daughter’s non-traditional goals. This book is a short story with a happy ending that I would read over and over when I need that inspiration.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe artwork in this story really helped me to become more involved with the words. The illustrations in this novel are very meaningful to me because they allow for me to see into this Indian world. Trust me then that I wouldn't be writing this review AT ALL were it not for the fact that the book is entirely deserving of the healthy heapings of helpings of praise it receives. The characters in the book dress in traditional clothing, and each piece is explained further in the glossary at the back of the book. I highly recommend this book.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSemicolon\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eI don’t know if this book really qualifies for MotherReader’s 48 Hour Book Challenge; the books were supposed to be about fifth grade level or above. All these things are greatly appreciated and easy to understand. How can a girl help the family financially when girls are only allowed to “stay home and help their mothers”?\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe themes of making mistakes, and being forgiven, and trying to fix your mistakes are universal ones, and at the same time the sense of place in this simple story is strong. However, Naima’s family only has two daughters and no sons, so there is no one to help her father, a rickshaw driver, earn enough money to pay for the new rickshaw he has purchased.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhile this story is more about of Naima’s entrepreneurial schemes than her family relationships, the father is shown as encouraging, rather than discouraging, his daughter’s non-traditional goals. I don't want to give away the ending to Mitali Perkins' charming middle-grade book \u003ci\u003eRickshaw Girl\u003c\/i\u003e (upcoming Feb 2007), but the secret lies in the modernization of Bangladeshi society, more prominent roles for women in village life, and the idea of microfinance providing small loans to village residents. The book made perfect sense. And the end is truly heartwarming and uplifting-I was cheering for Naima's pluck, her friend Saleem's loyalty, and, especially, her father's support of his daughter in a traditional society where the idea of women working outside the home is often greeted with suspicion.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLess and less often is this the case, fortunately. She wishes she could work like her friend Saleem, who drives his father's rickshaw, a bicycle attached to a large seat used to carry passengers.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFrom this wish springs forth Naima's secret plan to disguise herself as a boy so that she can also drive her father's rickshaw. As an adult, I could certainly see where the plot was going, but I wasn't bothered by it. Her illustrations have been included in \u003cem\u003eAmerican Illustration\u003c\/em\u003e, PRINT Magazine, \u003cem\u003eGraphis\u003c\/em\u003e, and the Society of Illustrators. 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. In fact, if I have any complaint about this book, it is that, despite being a fairly realistic portrait of poor life in an under-developed country, all of the men we meet are encouraging of women and girls doing non-traditional things. Her aunts have a poor opinion of her, and she even overhears her mother say, \"If only one of our girls had been a boy.\" But Naima soon experiences a new kind of freedom and admiration. It's almost an affected style. While she is clearly an artist, she's not allowed to earn any money because she's a girl. So, after your children have read and enjoyed the story, do let them get out their crayons and colored pencils and add their own touch to the book.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e A Chair, A Fireplace \u0026amp; A Tea Cozy\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNaima lives in Bangladesh with her parents and her younger sister. I felt so joyful that I just kept reading! Not only that, but she can’t work outside the house and her family can no longer afford to pay her school fees. DLT. This story reflects the changes taking place in Bangladesh. When she tries to maneuver her father's beautiful, newly-painted rickshaw, it appears she has brought rack and ruin to her family, possibly even causing her mother to sell a cherished bangle that has been passed down through generations. That's just the way it is.\" Not willing to accept this reasoning, Naima finds a way to earn money for her family, put her talents to use, and learn a new trade. Naima is a ten year old village girl in Bangladesh, and she’s a talented artist. After seeing her work, the shop owner, a woman, offers Naima a job as a rickshaw painter. And they’ll appreciate the story of how Naima perseveres in her goals even after she has a near-disastrous accident. Rickshaw driving is a predominantly male occupation that could be contrasted within the story's context, to what she would have most likely become, such as a maid.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003eRickshaw Girl\u003c\/i\u003e Touts The Concept Of Microcredit\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThrough her simple and engaging story, Perkins introduces young readers to the notion of microcredit, extremely small loans given to the poor in order to help them attain self-employment. 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