In Shabanu's world her father's word is the rule. She and her sister will have their marriages arranged for them. This is the way of their people. But, tragedy strikes and a vengeful man will step in and change Shabanu's life forever. Being a girl of great spirit, it's difficult for Shabanu to subject herself to someone else's will.
How will she deal with the hand she has been dealt by fate? Eleven-year old Shabanu lives in the Cholistan Desert in Pakistan with her family. Shabanu and her sister are the only two children of her mother and father and since there were no boys Shabanu as the youngest has been allowed more freedoms than other girls her age.
This is hard for Shabanu to accept even though her marriage has already been arranged for her. At first the plant is magnificent and grows. Then all of a sudden, the plant begins to die. What could this foreshadow about the relationship? Have students reread the first two chapters and discuss how the storm foreshadows the death of Parvati's father. Teaching Plan Activity Tell students that they are going to create foreshadowing for one of the events in the story. To help students, you may want to brainstorm some standard foreshadowing techniques for happy and sad events.
Students who are struggling to create their own foreshadowing can use this list. Have groups of students map out the major events in the novel. Go over the events and discuss them as a class. Tell students to chose an event that they would like to foreshadow. Have the students add in a new "chapter" before this event that includes foreshadowing.
The chapter should not dramatically alter the events of the novel, but may answer some questions or show scenes that the author didn't include.
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Students should share their new chapters with a partner and have their partner analyze their use of foreshadowing. Featured Book. Shiva's Fire. But here's the really shitty part: you do nothing about it. The Male Gaze is not questioned or disrupted, or kicked out of your house. Perhaps you stop him once or twice to say, "Hey, please don't scour my Teflon pans with steel wool," or, "Hey, could you please stop beating me with sticks because I'm a woman?
In fact, you learn how to swallow your hopes, dreams, and yearnings, and just sort of wallow in a contemptible life with ol' M. My friends, that insufferable allegory is my summary of this book. Shabanu, a nomadic "Daughter of the Wind" who loves her camels and her family in that order more than her life, learns that she is nothing more than a pawn in the Marriage Game.
And she does nothing about it, except learn to live with it. I really wanted to like Shabanu as a character, especially as a strong female character in a hyper-traditional Pakistani setting. However, as the narrative builds, Shabanu is left in the dust. She mocks her sister Phulan for being a vapid wannabe baby-maker, but I don't see much more from her. Initially horrified by her arranged marriage to Murad, she conveniently falls head-over-heels in love with him right before tragedy rearranges all the arranged marriages in the family, and Phulan is reassigned from her dead fiance Hamir to Murad.
Shabanu is devastated, not only from losing the Love of Her Life i. And everyone is totally cool with it. Now, I know what you're thinking. Arranged marriage is a part of Pakistani culture, and Shabanu's circumstances should come as no surprise. But this is a dying custom, and one that the author purportedly makes attempts to overcome.
Shabanu is up in arms against it, certainly. And there's her crazy aunt Sharma, who is offered to readers as a modern Pakistani thinker: she is widowed and a landowner, and hates the whole arranged marriage thing. She is even kind enough to offer Shabanu a home if Rahim or his wives mistreat her. But here's the bitch of it: Sharma buries her feminist leanings and human kindness by THEN encouraging Shabanu to swallow her misgivings and try to make the loveless marriage work. Which is exactly what Shabanu does. Also, I haven't told you how this all happens, exactly.
This is the part that I just cannot swallow, especially for this book's Lexile level and intended readership. Perhaps Staples meant for this book to be a statement, with Shabanu's hardships demonstrating the suffocating realities of Pakistani women. But, I think the total lack of an alternative is unrealistic, even with the cultural significance of arranged marriage.
Teaching young readers that inaction, subjugation, and real human suffering are the only options, especially for women, is inexcusable. View 2 comments. Dec 22, Snow White rated it really liked it.
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Read this one when i was 14 and it really made a big impression on me. I loved learning about the other culture and still thought it was highly relatable. I still remember it well to this day. Didn't know it was a series. Will check those out! Feb 08, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: award-winners , youngadult , childhoodfavorites.
An amazing look at the life of a Pakistani girl who has grown up in the desert. When she reaches marriageable age, content with the knowledge that she will marry one of her cousins, family tragedy and upheaval leads to her being used as a bargaining chip to settle a feud. The author lived among the camel-herding people of Pakistan for several years, and bases her characters on real people she knows.
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Since I started reading again, I always try to read as diverse as I can to expand my reading. And it is indeed very interesting to read about the life of an year old Pakistani girl who's got a lot on her plate at a very young age. Shabanu is the daughter of a camel farmer. Her family grows and takes care of camels as a means of living. She has an older sister 13 years old who is to be married very soon. In a year, Shabanu is also to be married. As the story goes on, the original plans for Sh Since I started reading again, I always try to read as diverse as I can to expand my reading.
As the story goes on, the original plans for Shabanu and her sister change as things go wrong and Shabanu soon finds herself needing to make a choice: to obey her parents' decision for her even if that decision doesn't make her happy or to disobey and claim her freedom.
I don't know much about Pakistani culture and it's very refreshing to read about. There are a lot of things in their culture I am so confused by or found myself disagreeing with marrying at the age of 13! There were a lot of times I felt so frustrated while reading this. I feel for Shabanu. She was forced to grow up and make very hard decisions very early in her life. She's a girl one can describe as a "wild child" — being more boyish than she needs to be and is closer to the animals her family takes care of than to people.
A lot of times, I feel her emotions when she feels betrayed or when she feels like there's no one looking out for her. I'd say this was a pretty interesting read as I haven't read anything like it before.
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My only complaint is that at times, I feel it's too fast-paced. It lacks on world building. One event is dropped after another too quickly without giving its readers enough time to analyze what's been given to them.
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My favorite thing about it probably is Shabanu's aunt Sharma and Fatima and Shabanu's relationship with the camels and her puppy — I find something genuine in human-animal relationships I can't find in anything else. I'm afraid to read it again, as my taste has probably changed since then. I like keeping in my childhood capsule of memory- untarnished and stil favored. You know what I'm talking about. I watched Flight of the Navigator the a few years back.
Uh, no. Lame, annoying and I'll never watch it again. I should have left well enough alone. Though, if memory serves, I think it gives a fairly accurate account of Pakistanian life. And, I remember making my mom read it who does not read and she loved it, so I won't write if off completely. Maybe when I'm in my rocking chair I'll reread it. View 1 comment. Jun 16, Becky Ginther rated it it was ok Shelves: realistic-fiction , young-adult , multicultural.
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I will admit that I had a really hard time getting into it. The pace was extremely slow until about page , when the action started.
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