The Breadwinner Hardcover – Import, 1 March 2001
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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
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- Publisher : Groundwood Books Ltd ,Canada (1 March 2001)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 170 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0888994192
- ISBN-13 : 978-0888994196
- Reading age : 10 years and up
- Item Weight : 295 g
- Dimensions : 13.34 x 2.54 x 19.69 cm
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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 )