Rickshaw Girl

Rickshaw Girl

By Mitali Perkins; Jamie Hogan (Illustrator)

Charlesbridge Publishing, Hardcover, 9781580893084, 91pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2007


Naima is a talented painter of traditional alpana patterns, which Bangladeshi women and girls paint on their houses for special celebrations. But Naima is not satisfied just painting alpana. She wants to help earn money for her family, like her best friend, Saleem, does for his family. When Naima's rash effort to help puts her family deeper in debt, she draws on her resourceful nature and her talents to bravely save the day. Includes a glossary of Bangla words and an author's note about a changing Bangladesh and microfinance.

About the Author
Mitali Perkins is the author of numerous books for teens and younger readers, including Monsoon Summer and Secret Keeper. She was born in India and immigrated to the United States with her parents and two sisters when she was seven. Bengali-style, her and her sisters names all rhyme: Sonali means gold, Rupali means silver, and Mitali means friendly. About Open Mic, she says, Humor crosses borders like no other literary device. Shared laughter fosters community and gets us talking about issues that might otherwise cause division or discomfort. Mitali Perkins lives with her husband just outside Boston.

Jamie Hogan grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration. She began her freelance career in Boston, with work appearing frequently in the Boston Globe. She taught editorial ilustration at the Art Institute of Boston and became active in the Graphic Arts Guild. Her illustrations have been included in American Illustration, PRINT Magazine, Graphis, and the Society of illustrators.