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Rickshaw Girl Hardcover – February 1, 2007
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Ask Naima the one thing she's good at doing and she'll tell you right off the bat that it's alpanas.Read more ›
Set in Bangladesh, readers will get a glimpse of life in a foreign land and a culture quite different from the American standard. With Bangla words interspersed in the text, readers are introduced to a new language, as well.
These pressures, combined with her creativity, audacity, and cleverness, led Naima to decide that she would disguise herself as a boy and earn money by driving the rickshaw. Her first attempt to operate the vehicle would have marked an adventurous first step in this bold plan were it not for the long hill, sharp curve, and thick thorn bushes. Naima escaped unharmed, but Father's brand new rickshaw was badly damaged. Naima is devastated, and quite some time passes before she comes up with a new plan that better utilizes her talents.
Rickshaw Girl gets top ratings for delivering an entertaining story that is chock full of valuable economics lessons. The reader experiences a poignant account of the challenges associated with living in poverty in a country where traditional customs still limit women's economic and social opportunities. Also woven in are lessons about entrepreneurship, the need for financial capital to start a business, and the importance of microfinance for individuals - such as the woman who owned the rickshaw repair shop - who otherwise may not have been able to secure a loan. Weighty issues perhaps, but most children will be enthralled by the plight of a spunky girl who damages her father's most valuable possession and needs to make amends.
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This is a nice and well-written story for young folks that has a lesson in it for all who read itPublished 5 months ago by Maryanne Peterson
This book gently introduces kids to gender inequalities in some parts of the world. The characters are engaging and easy to like. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Msonaw
A Forward think story of a young girl whose father doesn't limit her because she is a girl. Motivational for young girls and insightful for young boys.Published 7 months ago by ICT
My older grandaughter loved it and was able to identify with the little girl. She like the part when the girl pretended to be a boy and found that girls are just as capable as... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Eileen C.
I purchased this book as I looked for international books for 8-11 year olds. This book does a good job of showing the culture. The end notes are also interesting. Read morePublished on July 29, 2014 by Kindle Customer
This book is a great early reader. I am an elementary school librarian and I'm always looking for books that expose my students to cultures around the world. Read morePublished on June 29, 2014 by Lady Librarian
My daughter really liked this story. She's studying India right now for her 5th grade homeschool curriculum and this was one of the fiction books we chose to start the section off. Read morePublished on February 19, 2014 by E. Rier