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This acclaimed, award-winning novel by Mitali Perkins will soon be a movie!

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.

©2011 Mitali Perkins (P)2018 Listening Library

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A Good Reason About Another Culture

We had to read this book for a professional development and at 1st I was not excited about the idea but once it started and I heard the struggle of the character Naima I began to appreciate learning about her culture. This is a good read for middle school students who are working on understanding other cultures.