Rickshaw Girl
Author: Mitali Perkins
For Juniors/KS2
Price 5.99 paperback
Book(s) at 5.99 paperback
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Rickshaw Girl Naima is frustrated by the restrictions placed on women and young girls in her traditional Bangladeshi village. Her secret plan to help the family finances by disguising herself as a boy and learning to drive her father's rickshaw has the opposite effect when she damages the vehicle. But times are changing, and the artistic talent she has nurtured in the creation of traditional alpana patterns finds an unexpected outlet when a woman opens a rickshaw repair and decoration business in her village. Issues of gender and cultural change are brought to life and given a hopeful resolution through Naima's character and predicament. The text includes artwork, an author's note and a glossary of bangla terms.