Rickshaw Girl

Rickshaw Girl

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ISBN-13: 9781580893091
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 02/15/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 218,224
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.29(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Mitali Perkins is the author of several novels for children, including SECRET KEEPER, the First Daughter series, BAMBOO PEOPLE, MONSOON SUMMER, and The NOT SO-STAR-SPANGLED LIFE OF SUNITA SEN. She lives in California.

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Rickshaw Girl 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
karinaw on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Personal Response:This is a fairly typical story of a young girl who violates gender norms in order to provide for her family. Not terribly original but reads easily and clearly. Has a good informational section at the end on microfinancing.Curric/Program Connections:Study microfinancing and its effect on developing countries.Study alpanas (traditional Bangladeshi paintings). Art project to create your ownGender stereotypes and restrictions
elainevbernal on LibraryThing 7 months ago
"Rickshaw Girl," is a story about a young girl named Naima from Bangladesh who more than anything wants to help her impoverished family. Naima's father is a Rickshaw driver who works day in and day out, and her mother takes care of their home and Naima's younger sister. With their financial troubles, Naima's mother exclaims, "if only one of our daughters had been a boy," as sons were traditionally the only ones who can help their fathers in the Rickshaw business.Naima figures that she could help her struggling father by disguising herself as a boy to drive the rickshaw, yet when she tries out the rickshaw, she crashes it and upsets her parents. Consequently, the family now has to worry about repairing the rickshaw and their existing economic troubles. Naima then borrows her friend's, Saleem, clothes to travel to another village in hopes of trading her alpana drawing skills at a famous repair shop in exchange for fixing her father's rickshaw. To her surprise, the rickshaw repair shop owner was a woman. Naima learns that through microlending at their woman's bank, the rickshaw owner was able to start her small business. The repairshop owner sees that Naima does great art work on the rickshaws at the repair shop, and decides that Naima can be her apprentice and ultimately get paid for her work. "Rickshaw Girl," is a great book for ages 9-12 for introducing world cultures, traditions, provides a valuable lesson about what other countries are doing to combat poverty, and can also provide an engaging class discussion on gender roles. Readers can gain insight about about how children in extremely impoverished communities have to give up school and most childhood experiences to help support their family. Where's that sixth star when I need it? :-)
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A very sweet story about Naima, a 10 year old Bangladeshi girl who's struggling to find her place in the world. Naima watches her father going off to work in the hot sun pulling a rickshaw. If she had been a boy, she could have helped her father and let him rest. But she's a girl and girls aren't supposed to work to bring money into the family. One day Naima gets the idea of dressing like a boy and pulling her father's rickshaw while he's resting after lunch. Unfortunately, the rickshaw is too heavy for her to control and she ends up crashing it. Will Naima ever be able to repay her family for the damage she's caused? How can she make it up when she's nothing but a useless girl? A very sweet and well-written story, Perkins really makes you feel like you're there. It's not the typical girl-dressing-as-boy story either. I enjoyed it a lot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes dinner for the baby dragon and walks out
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
*Nice, well-detailed charcoal illustrations. *Storyline assists readers to understand the gender roles in Asia and how they are changing to make economic strides. The novel has a glossary for readers to learn vocabulary like: alpanas, salwar kameez, saree, roshogollah, taka, kurta, and the definition of other words that may be new to the reader. *This is a wonderful tale to enlighten us about other cultural and ethnic groups, it is a delightful family story.
Mother-Daughter-Book-Club More than 1 year ago
Everyone knows that Naima draws the most beautiful alpana patterns in her Bangladeshi village. But she wonders what good can come from her talent if she can't help her father drive a rickshaw because she's a girl. Money is tight for the family, and Naima worries that her mother's heirloom bracelets will need to be pawned to pay for rickshaw repairs. She's determined to help, even if she has to take a risk to do it. Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins is the touching story of a girl who longs to put her talents to use. Naima's father is careful to let her and her sister know that he is happy to have daughters, but Naima realizes her society values girls only for cooking, cleaning and carrying water. Education for girls is limited, especially since parents are expected to pay for it. When Naima discovers a woman who has broken the mold to support herself, she can finally see a path to help her own family out of its poverty. Rickshaw Girl is very accessible for younger readers, and it gives them a glimpse of constraints that can be placed on girls in some societies even today. The charcoal illustrations by Jamie Hogan beautifully capture Naima and her village life. A glossary in the back is a good introduction to terms used in Bangladesh, and the author's note is about micro financing and how it is helping women and girls around the world raise themselves out of the cycle of poverty. I highly recommend it for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 7 to 10.