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Seven Daughters and Seven Sons Paperback – October 19, 1994
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About the Author
Barbara Cohen (1932-1992) was the author of several acclaimed picture books and novels for young readers, including The Carp in the Bathtub, Yussel's Prayer: A Yom Kippur Story, Thank You, Jackie Robinson, and King of the Seventh Grade.
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After one of her uncle's visits, which made her father particularly unhappy, Buran puts forward an idea which she has been thinking for a while. She asks her father to make an investment with the tiny amount of money he has saved up. She asks him to invest in her. She wants to dress as a boy and go to the coast to make much money as a merchant. Her mother thinks this is a bad idea because girls are not supposed to make money, but her father gives her free rein.
On her way to the coast in a caravan, she wants to save money, so she travels as a servant. Her master is cruel to her during the days, but at night, he teaches her the way of a merchant. When she finally gets to the city, she pays off the merchant who taught her everything she knows extremely quickly, and then proceeds to make enough money to live extremely richly, and send enough money back to her family so they can live very richly. While there she makes a new friend, but fears that if she reveals her true identity to him, he would hate her. When he comes close to figuring it out on his own, she runs away. During her journey home, she doubles her riches, as well as playing a clever trick on her cousins. If I include any more, I'll give away the entire plot, and you won't have to read the book.Read more ›
This book was recommended for my 11 year old child, I strongly disagree! If you are considering this book for a school-age child, I would suggest either finding another book or reading the center section (end of Pt II, beginning of Pt III to your child, leaving out the suggestive details), after you have read it first, of course.
Other than this, this book did a good job describing how people lived, married, and traded in this time period in the middle east as well as the role of women in this setting.
Taken from a traditional Iraqui folktale, we meet Buran, the fourth daughter out of seven of a poor merchant. Her braggart uncle has seven sons: which he lords over Buran's family constantly.
Buran, a favorite of her father, hatches an idea to dress like a man and open a store in a larger city, Tyre. After a near-tragedy in the family, he agrees. Off she goes and along the way learns lessons about perseverence, determination, and good business from an unlikely source. Buran is tenacious in seeking out her goal: to provide for her family. Her strong nature and unselfish manner makes her an interesting character for girls -- for those interested in a little romance and wonder how Muslim girls go about getting their prince...the story conveniently switches to his story in the second section of the book.
Mahmud is a merchant prince who longs for a friend. Though he has two close friends, they both want from him and Mahmud wants a friend who asks for nothing. He finds it in a young clever merchant named Narsi. Mahmud and Narsi enjoy walks and backgammon -- in one another they find common ground. However, their unusual friendship attracts jealousy from Mahmud's previous friends and Mahmud is tricked in testing Narsi for being a boy or a girl. Narsi disappears before the third test which would be impossible for her to hide her sex...and it distresses Mahmud who realizes too late he was set up and that his heart desire -- his life desire -- has just slipped away.Read more ›
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Just finished this book. It was different but I loved that it was different. I love strong female leads. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is my favorite book of all time. I have read it at least 100 times in the last 15 years.Published 26 days ago by Amanda
I recently finished reading this to my son in 7th grade. I just loved it. I had trouble tearing up as I read the ending. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Book Loving Mom
I will admit, I am extremely biased when it comes to this book because unlike most people who got into reading because of Harry Potter, this book got me into reading. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Casey
I actually loved the storyline, the characters and the amazing way life in the Middle East is brought to life. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Miss Lady
I am normally not a fan of historical fiction books, but this is the one exception. The simple story captivated me and the writing is beautiful. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Willow1190
If your kids are younger than 13, it might be best to read it out loud and be prepared to edit on the fly. Read morePublished 15 months ago by L. Burns