Money is tight, and Naima wants to do something to help her family. 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. Naima does have a special talent; she can paint beautiful alpanas -- traditional patterns used by women to decorate Bangladeshi homes during special occasions -- but how can this help her make money?
When Naima decides to disguise herself as a boy and drive the rickshaw, she accidentally crashes it, and the family's debt soars even higher. Now Naima is more determined then ever to help her family -- and prove that being a girl can be a good thing.
Straightforward black-and-white pastel illustrations incorporate alpaca patterns and depict various elements of Naima's daily life, and a helpful Bangla glossary and informative notes are included. A child-eye's view of Bangladesh that makes a strong and accessible statement about heritage, tradition and the changing role of women, Naima's story will be relished by students and teachers alike. -- Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||6 - 9|
|Publication Date||Jan 15, 2008|
|Award Winners||Jane Addams Award|