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The Breadwinner Kindle Edition
Audio Cassette, Abridged, Audiobook, Import
In the wily Parvana, Ellis creates a character to whom North American children will have no difficulty relating. The daughter of university-educated parents, Parvana is thoroughly westernized in her outlook and responses. A pint-sized version of Offred from Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Parvana conceals her critique of the repressive Muslim state behind the veil of her chador. Although the dialogue is occasionally stilted and the ending disappointingly sketchy, The Breadwinner is essential reading for any child curious about ordinary Afghans. Like so many books and movies on the subject, it is also eerily prophetic. "Maybe someone should drop a big bomb on the country and start again," says a friend of Parvana's. "'They've tried that,' Parvana said, 'It only made things worse.'" (Ages 9 to 12) --Lisa Alward --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
Very remarkable and highly topical. The horrors of life under the Taliban are balanced by loyalty, courage and hope. Read it. (Independent on Sunday)
I was gripped by this series and couldn't drag myself away from it. Ellis beautifully captures childhood in war-torn Afghanistan and Pakistan. The stories are very moving. (Malala Yousafzai)
All girls [should read]: "The Breadwinner," by Deborah Ellis [...] I think it's important for girls everywhere to learn how women are treated in some societies. But even though Parvana is treated as lesser than boys and men, she never feels that way. She believes in herself and is stronger to fight against hunger, fear and war. Girls like her are an inspiration. "The Breadwinner" reminds us how courageous and strong women are around the world. (Malala Yousafzai) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00IINBGZE
- Publisher : OUP Oxford; Reissue edition (6 March 2014)
- Language: : English
- File size : 2215 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 177 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #54,834 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Breadwinner has opened my eyes to what those who live in different societies face, and I feel far richer for it; everyone should read this book.
-julia age 6 ( and a half )
Deborah Ellis has provided an accessible and relevant contribution to the understanding of the cultural and social issues of Afghanistan that has engaged and interested my middle school English students. I'd highly recommend it and I'm looking forward to the next two volumes.