Rickshaw Girl

Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins, illustrations by Jamie Hogan, published by Charlesbridge, 2007.   A contemporary novel set in Bangladesh. Ten year old Naimi excels at painting alpanas, traditional designs created by Bangladeshi women and girls. Her talent, though valued by her family, cannot buy rice or pay back the loan on her father's rickshaw as a son's contribution might do. Determined to help financially, Naimi disguises herself as a boy and sparks surprising events that reveal an expanding world for herself and for women in her community. Honor Book for Older Children, 2008.

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