Encouraging Early Literacy and Children's Creativity
A new review from Patricia Howe Tilton for Youth-Tube!
Monika Schroder, Author
Frances Foster Books, Fiction, 2010
Suitable for: Ages 10 -14 years
Themes: Indian boy wants to study math, Poverty, Child labor, Hindu culture
Award: 2011 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year
Schroder has written a powerful, compelling and inspirational novel about twelve-year-old boy from India, who has a gift with numbers. Akash sees numbers as patterns in his head. He desperately wants to learn more from the village teacher, but he knows more than his teacher. Akash shares his dreams of applying for a scholarship to go to a city school with his Bapu (father). He is told that if the gods want him to have an education, he will. He prays to Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and wisdom, to grant his wish and to help him.
But, life deals Akash a blow when Bapu develops a fever and dies. His Dadima (grandmother) sends him to work…
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