Mitali Perkins takes readers to Bangladesh in her novella Rickshaw Girl.
Naima is an artist. She loves to create the traditional designs the girls in her country create for special celebrations.
But one day her artistry is thwarted when she sees how hard her father works, and feels sad she can do nothing to help him. He drives a rickshaw, and as a girl, Naima cannot drive the rickshaw for him during the hottest part of the day so he can rest.
Or can she?
After a terrible accident, Naima finally discovers what she can do to help her family financially.
A story of heart, courage and determination, Rickshaw Girl illustrates the similarities and differences between children of cultures different than ours.
Recommended for children ages 8 to 13.