Monday, November 25, 2013

The Vine Basket by Josanne La Valley - ADVISABLE

La Valley, Josanne The Vine Basket, Clarion Books, 2013. $16.99. Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence G. 

Mehrigul, 14, is forced by her abusive father to quit school and help on the family farm. While Mehrigul is selling peaches at the market, an American woman buys a basket Mehrigul has woven for a large sum of money. The American woman offers to buy more baskets when she returns. Will Mehrigul be able to weave more baskets for the American woman? And what effect, if any, will it have on Mehrigul’s family?

This story is as introduction to the Uyghur culture. It addresses the difficulties of people in third world countries. It also shows how difficult it is for girls to become successful and rise above their circumstances. The author included some of the Uyghur language and traditions which make the story feel authentic. Mehrigul’s determination to rise above her circumstances is a good example to all as she never lets her dreams die. This is a good, well written story that girls will enjoy. 


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