rickshaw girl summary

If only she were a boy like her friend Saleem, she'd be able to drive her father's rickshaw and add to the family's income. Learn more about microfinance and Dr. Muhammad Yunus, who shares the 2006 Noble Prize with the Grameen Bank "for their efforts to create economic and social development from below.". Start by marking “Rickshaw Girl” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Microfinance is one of the ways women in Bangladesh are succeeding in their own business ventures. 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. The second benefit for youngsters is that they can learn certain aspects of Bangladeshi culture. Imagine then the difficulties involved when one must write not only something interesting and well-put together, and not only an early chapter title, but also a Glossary of unfamiliar terms paired with illustrated images, and an Author's Note giving additional background on Bangladesh and the author's connection to it. In order to make ends meet, her father had to borrow money to buy a rickshaw and must make payments. Her father owns a rickshaw; Naima's time at school is over because now it's her younger sister's turn. No one's perfect, sure. Sometimes it's nice to hear the story of a screw-up. With the help of Saleem, though, she does find a way to earn money for the family. A contemporary novel set in Bangladesh. If only she were a boy like her friend Saleem, she’d be able to drive her father’s rickshaw and add to the family’s income. The girl student and One Pock Li are King's, not Lao She's. The future looks bright for the girl and her family. The book is festooned with these alpanas and with other sensitively rendered drawings by Jamie Hogan. But Naima's family has only daughters, so her father struggles alone. The story is about a Bangladeshi Muslim girl of ten from a poor but loving family that ha just two girls, in a society where girls are considered to be a burden for their parents. Her heroine is a strong girl with natural energy. Some might not understand the message that is to get out of your comfort zone, and some might be too scared to do so, but Naima is living under very harsh circumstances and manages to make things work for herself. Alongside the believable and consistently interesting storyline, the book comes across as a keeper.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNow anyone can write a work of fiction off the top of their heads. If you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:Tiger BoyMe and Rolly Maloo. I think they’ll love it. But Naima's family has only daughters, so her father struggles alone. It’s a very quick read, but appropriate for many ages — from 2nd graders graduating from beginning chapter books to middle schoolers in need of high/low books. This year Naima's father isn't bringing in enough money to pay for the newly redesigned rickshaw he runs. The strength of the book is in showing another culture without it feeling like a lesson. 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. 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. Jamie Hogan's pencil illustrations are simple but help bring the story to life. While she is clearly an artist, she's not allowed to earn any money because she's a girl. All the books are wonderful and Charlesbridge publishes the best books.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTen-year-old Naima longs to earn money to help her poor Bangladeshi family, but her talent in painting traditional patterns, or alpanas, is no use. Jamie Hogan's pencil illustrations are simple but help bring the story to life. 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. I admire Naima because she ventures off into the unknown with an open heart. An author's note and illustrated glossary of Bangla words are included. \u003ci\u003eRickshaw Girl\u003c\/i\u003e, by Mitali Perkins therefore manages to be all he stronger when you consider how rare a title it really is. The book is festooned with these alpanas and with other sensitively rendered drawings by Jamie Hogan. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. In an age of high fantasy and the aforementioned 500 plus page texts, slim realistic novels like, Rickshaw Girl, have to be especially good to get any of the attention they so richly deserve. I had loved her book \u003ci\u003eMonsoon Summer\u003c\/i\u003e and had recommended it for my county's 2006 summer reading program. They are such small sums, and for people with no money, that traditional banks don't make these loans. Her new vocation is a traditional male vocation in her community, but it is an artistic one and a perfect fit for her own gifts. Gracefully drawn charcoal spot illustrations that suggest the paper's texture are a perfect accent to the story. Will she be able to get one even though she's female? She wishes she could help her father drive his rickshaw, and one day, disguised as a boy, she drive--and crashes--it. Rickshaw Girl is a timely book that introduces the reader to the idea of micro loans. Although, she struggles with the expectations of a society where girls are only valued for their cooking, cleaning and carrying water, and where education is very limited for her as it is her sister's turn to go to school. Perkins draws on her family roots to tell the lively contemporary story of a young Bangladeshi girl who challenges the traditional role of women in her village so that she can help her struggling family in hard times. The Rickshaw Girl is a fictional story about a young girl growing up in Bangladesh named Naima. Microfinance is one of the ways women in Bangladesh are succeeding in their own business ventures. For example, "The next door neighbor was pulling a passenger in his father's rickshaw. A couple years in and it's time to move on to early chapter books. Despite her talent, Naima sees no way it can help solve her dilemma--how to earn money to help her father pay off the loan that he used to buy a rickshaw. 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. Sign up for our newsletter and be the first to know about special events, coupons and promotions. Finally, and with great relief all around, they're reading thick 500-page fantasy novels and everyone is happy. I hope that many girls can be inspired by her. When Naima's well-intentioned attempt to help the family income&mdashby dressing as a boy to pilot the family rickshaw&mdash ends in near-disaster, Naima is able to redeem herself with the help of a local woman, who encourages her artistic abilities. The book made perfect sense. The answer for Naima creating a better life for herself and her family lies in her existing talents and in discovering a way to successfully market that talent. Naima finally decides to dress as a boy in order to go to work painting alpanas in order to help her family make a living. \u003ci\u003eRickshaw Girl\u003c\/i\u003e, by Mitali Perkins therefore manages to be all he stronger when you consider how rare a title it really is. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. If she were a boy she could help her father bring income to the family. When Naima's rash effort to help puts her family deeper in debt, she draws on her resourceful nature and her talents to save the day.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIncludes a glossary of Bangla words and an author's note about microfinance and the changing world of Bangladesh.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Tiger Boy\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/products\/tiger-boy\"\u003eTiger Boy\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/me-and-rolly-maloo\" title=\"Me and Rolly Maloo\"\u003eMe and Rolly Maloo\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eWatch an Interview with the Author\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eWatch an interview with Mitali Perkins from Girls Leadership:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/Uje30nizlTk\" allowfullscreen=\"””\" frameborder=\"0\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMitali Perkins, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMitali studied political science at Stanford University and public policy at U.C. But after I got into the book, I really enjoyed the story. Perkins tells it believably, caringly and with sensitivity both to old traditions and to the modern forces that are bringing change, however slowly, to so many parts of the world.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFinding Wonderland: The Writing YA Blog\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTen-year-old Naima lives in a rural Bangladeshi village with her mother, father, and younger sister. Overall. The author did a great job of integrating the Bangladesh culture by integrating in words from the culture. With the best of intentions, Naima tries pedaling her father’s new rickshaw, determined to prove she can handle the job and help out. Funny, smart, and chock full of the sights, sounds, and smells of Bangladesh, Perkins offers up a delightful book that distinguishes itself from the pack. That's what Jillian James is trying to do but she thinks too much about being popular. She also has an author's note in the back about the importance of mini-loans in these developing rural areas, and the strong role that women are playing in the local economies.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eI'm looking forward to giving it to my daughter to read, and perhaps even to her teacher to read to the class. How Naima finds a way to stay true to her culture while continuing to produce the art she loves – and finds a way to help her family after all – is the subject of the book. Jamie Hogan's accompanying line drawings help readers make connections with the novel's characters and setting. Like the character, our students are 10 year olds. She is surprised to find that the owner is a woman. You see her sister, her pal Saleem, and even a random boy on the street, but the only glimpse you get of the parents is their hands. )\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAnother thing I liked about this -- in addition to that Naima stretches the rules but doesn't trample on them -- is that this book is realistic about eduction versus art and trade as a means to make a living and be happy. How Naima finds a way to stay true to her culture while continuing to produce the art she loves – and finds a way to help her family after all – is the subject of the book. Now which one of those reading levels is, to your mind, the most difficult to find? A more traditional adversary might have made given Naima’s story more depth.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eStill, this is a fun story and gives a first-world reader some insights into third-world urban life without being didactic. Her father says a daughter is as good as a son, but she isn't allowed to work to help her family. 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. You start them out on baby board books. Beyond the art, however, is the encouraging message this story leaves.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNaima lives in a classically male-dominated society, but when she realizes that she needs to help her family, she needs to move past the male domination. When Naima's scheme inevitably fails to work, this leads her to realize that she shouldn't really change herself after all just to work outside.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRickshaw Girl Teaches The Importance of Caring For One's Family\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOne benefit for youngsters from reading this book is that it imparts a valuable lesson, that of always showing kindness and concern toward one's family. 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. Beautiful charcoal illustrations throughout. Perfect choice for our first whole class literature circle read aloud book for the school year. This is the solution that ends up working (with a few twists I won't spoil). Terse pacing makes for a perfectly cliffhanging read-aloud, and descriptive prowess brings every scene to life. Naima doesn't let a small thing like being a girl get in the way of her trying to help her fmaily. The culture, the language, and the artistic expressions of Bangladesh can been seen in all the characters that appear in Rickshaw Girl. After the crash father has to work harder each day to make more money, but often people do not want to ride in his rickshaw because of the damaged condition. Since she is not a boy, she is expected to stay home and help her mother. Once again, Naima is going against tradition; but this isn't as drastic as being out in public driving a rickshaw; plus, it's something that is founded on Naima's existing talent. I’d estimate that the reading and interest level for this book woud be about second or third grade. Perkins thus offers only a one-sided view of microcredit, without admitting that the program has its flaws.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePros And Cons Of Rickshaw Girl\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003eRickshaw Girl\u003c\/i\u003e teaches young readers an important lesson about the virtues of caring for one's family. But Naima proves herself and gets to work to pay for the repairs of her father's rickshaw. In an age of high fantasy and the aforementioned 500 plus page texts, slim realistic novels like, \u003ci\u003eRickshaw Girl\u003c\/i\u003e, have to be especially good to get any of the attention they so richly deserve. She does make lovely alpanas, the painted patterns done on the family's paths and thresholds - even winning a prize for the best alpana in her village on International Mother Language Day.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eKnowing her family is in trouble, Naima tries to help. A complicated but balanced series of designs painted on her family's path and threshold, Naima tends to win her Bangladeshi village's prize for best alpana every International Mother Language Day. The illustrations in this novel are very meaningful to me because they allow for me to see into this Indian world. With a likeable main character and will-paced story, it makes a good read-aloud. When she defies custom and her parents and drives her father's new bicycle rickshaw, Niama wrecks the shiny, beautifully painted cart. Fortunately, the push for diversity in library collections has lead to publishers selecting excellent. Her gorgeous black-and-white illustrations in Rickshaw Girl are rendered in pastels on Canson Paper. Naima's parents cannot afford to pay school fees for her anymore, but she wins the village prize for painting the best traditional alpanas patterns. So, Naima attempts to drive the rickshaw, to help financially, but wrecks her father’s precious rickshaw. In order to make ends meet, her father had to borrow money to buy a rickshaw and must make payments. This book is a good introduction to how small businesses can help families in poorer countries. The cultural attitudes about gender roles expressed in the story should prompt lively class discussions. There is an illustration of a village center, and several illustrations show the various bushes and different types of trees that grow alongside the roads and in the yards. Although Naima has a big heart, creative flair, and artistic talent, she seriously hurts her family while trying to help. While Naima stumbles along the way (by nearly ruining her family's rickshaw), she realizes that she has the strength to make up for her own mistakes and bring honor and peace to her family. I actually went to the calendar and counted the days before I could introduce children 8 and up to the brave and resourceful (if sometimes impulsive) Naima. I was reminded of books I had read when I was a kid. An author's note and illustrated glossary of Bangla words are included.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe Horn Book\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTen-year-old Naima may win prizes for designing and painting alpanas, the traditional decorative patterns that women use to adorn homes in their small Bangladeshi village, but as her mother says, \"Alpanas can't put rice on the table.\" Naima's parents can't afford school fees for both their daughters; now that it's her little sister's turn for schooling, disguising herself as a boy seems the only way for Naima to contribute much-needed earnings to her household. And they’ll appreciate the story of how Naima perseveres in her goals even after she has a near-disastrous accident.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe illustrations in the book by artist Jamie Hogan are wonderful, to, and certified as authentic by Mitali’s Bengali mother, Madhusree Bose. 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. Featured 5th Grade Resources. Mitali Perkins has written many novels for young readers, including You Bring the Distant Near (nominated for the National Book Award) Rickshaw Girl (a NYPL best 100 Book for children in the past 100 years, film adaptation coming in 2021), Bamboo People (an ALA Top 10 YA novel), and Tiger Boy, which won the South Asia Book Award for Younger Readers. She thinks that if she dresses up as a boy, she can take her father's rickshaw out for an hour or two while he rests, and the passengers will be none the wiser. A more traditional adversary might have made given Naima’s story more depth. Being the older sister means she has more chores, more household responsibilities, and less time to play with her friend Saleem. A glossary and author's note are appended.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eLanuage Arts\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLike many other Bangladeshi women and girls, Naima has a special talent for creating inventive alpanas--a traditional pattern used to decorate homes during celebrations. Page 28 of the book shows a detailed drawing of Naima sticking out her tongue at her best friend. 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. One day, while talking to Saleem ...\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eA Fuse #8 Production\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eYes yes yes. Naima wants to help, but as a girl she isn't allowed. More than just a situation, this short chapter book tells a realistic story with surprises that continue until the end. Girls were usually not supposed to work for a living, they were considered house mothers. Naima is Bangladeshi, not Indian, although at one point Bangladesh was part of India (pre-1947) and yes, West Bengal is a … 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. 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. What was life like for her? Ten-year-old Naima lives in a rural Bangladeshi village with her mother, father, and younger sister. Consider this a necessary purchase to any library system, irregardless of collection size. She’s already won one prize for her alpanas, decorative rock paintings. This acclaimed, award-winning novel by Mitali Perkins will soon be a movie! She's happy and at peace mixing the rice powder paint in preparation for her paintings, but when she gets frustrated with Saleem and his outlook, she sticks her tongue out at his back. She is very artistic with a wonderful imagination, she loves to paint alpanas, a traditional pattered drawing made with rice paint. Her designs are considered to be the best in the village. In her village in Bangladesh, 10-year-old Naima is a talented artist, known for her prize-wining alpana designs. What a fruitful pairing. Unfortunately, she only succeeds in making things worse. And a couple people might even be able to make that work of fiction halfway decent reading. Berkeley, surviving academia thanks to a steady diet of kids' books from public libraries and bookstores, and went on to teach middle school, high school, and college students. 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. I read it, and I loved it. I loved the way the reader could get a feel for the problems of India, without the book feeling preachy. They are such small sums, and for people with no money, that traditional banks don't make these loans. Still, I know my awareness of the culture is lacking and could be improved upon. Naima wants desperately to help her family, but girls are not allowed to work, and she has no brothers to take on some of the labor. Ten year old Naimi excels at painting alpanas, traditional designs created by Bangladeshi women and girls. I felt so joyful that I just kept reading! This short novel is illustrated with black-and-white pastel drawings. With the help of her friend Saleem, she dresses up as a boy and heads to the neighboring village to see if she can get work at the rickshaw repair shop. The price of a rickshaw is so high that it is difficult for him to afford it. Money is tight, and Naima wants to do something to help her family. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. Dressed as a boy, she tries to create a new solution that will prevent further hardship, and in doing so is surprised to discover that new solutions are emerging, and from her own gender. Rickshaw girl. Loosely composed black-and-white pastel-crayon sketches are sprinkled throughout the text, offering both literal interpretations of the story and examples of the patterned alpanas. This short novel is illustrated with black-and-white pastel drawings. 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn her Author's Note Perkins expounds upon the virtues of microcredit; the one major drawback to her effusive praise of it, however, is that Perkins makes it seem as though it is the only workable solution towards combating developing nations' poverty.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt would have been better for her to point out that microcredit loans can only go so far towards reducing a nation's poverty. Hogan knows how to capture kids at their most natural. As Naima arrives she is surprised to find that this shop is run by a woman. While Naima stumbles along the way (by nearly ruining her family's rickshaw), she realizes that she has the strength to make up for her own mistakes and bring honor and peace to her family. It shows in the story.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf there's a moral to this book it may be, \"Stop and think before you act.\" Sound advice, by and large. King also added considerable embellishment to the two seduction scenes. This year, however, is different. In her article, "Microcredit,microresults" (Left Business Observer, 1996)Nina Neff points out that what is actually necessary towards eradicating poverty is a politically accountable government that is serious about implementing comprehensive policies addressing job creation, education, training and social welfare. Yes indeedy. Burdened with guilt despite her family’s reassurances, Naima decides to turn to something she knows she can do—painting and design—-to help pay for the rickshaw repairs. About Rickshaw Girl This acclaimed, award-winning novel by Mitali Perkins will soon be a movie! Yes yes yes. 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. Consider the reading levels a child goes through. When she defies custom and her parents and drives her father's new bicycle rickshaw, Niama wrecks the shiny, beautifully painted cart. Only one adult appears in this story, and she's definitely not related to Naima in any way. However, she did it in an effective way; she used the word but then provided context clues so the reader could figure out the word. 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. Rave reviews for this book from two very different little girls. Its main protagonist is Naima, a young girl whose one wish is to provide some financial relief to her poor family. The idea of a self-employed woman is totally new to Naima (and her father). In the picture, the boy is driving off in a rickshaw. And while a Bibliography or website or two wouldn't have been out of place, what we do have here is doggone swell. Everything you did to make the book good worked! I was not disappointed.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNaima is a girl on the verge of heading out of the salwar kameez (long-sleeved tunics over cotton pants) and into a saree (yards of fabric wrapped around and over the shoulder), living in Bangladesh with her mother, father, and little sister. I think they’ll love it.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBook Dads\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003eRickshaw Girl\u003c\/i\u003e is about a girl from Bangladesh who decides to help her father make money. She's happy and at peace mixing the rice powder paint in preparation for her paintings, but when she gets frustrated with Saleem and his outlook, she sticks her tongue out at his back. Publisher's Summary. Yet she's a character you want to believe in. In Lao She. Soft black and white charcoal drawings of Naima and her village draw readers into the story, while intricate alpana designs decorate the pages throughout the book. Anyone gets to choose their own path and decide what makes them most happy in the end. You can see the texture of the paper beneath the images she draws. I think this is very important for a story of a different culture because only a few people really know the traditions and ways of life. In addition, the book's publisher Charlesbridge has included a handy online Discussion and Activity Guide to go along with it. Naima then decides to offer her labor at the rickshaw painting shop in exchange for the repainting of her father's rickshaw; after she disguises herself in boys' clothing and walks an hour to the next village, she arrives at the rickshaw shop and finds to her surprise that the business's owner is a woman, who eventually aggress to take Naima on as an apprentice. Children will get an understanding of what life is like in a small village in another part of the world. But, as Saleem points out, "You're a girl. While I thought she was going to go along the route of "The Breadwinner," which I just read two weeks ago, Naima finds a more creative way. It's special delivery for MotherReader. 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