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Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind (1989)

by Suzanne Fisher Staples

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I read this book as a young girl and was immediately enraptured with Shabanu and her family. This is a wonderful coming of age story of a young Pakistani girl and her nomadic family. Shabanu is a young girl that is used to the freedom that her youth allows her. However, she is coming to the point in her life where she is expected to act more womanly, which means demure, modest and effectively unseen. She is not ready for this and her rebellious nature starts to get in her in big trouble.

This story is great for young girls that are themselves growing into womanhood. It is a great way for them to see what girls go through in other cultures. I have used with girls I mentor (13-18 years old) and my own daughters (16 & 13). All of them found it an easy and enjoyable read. If you have a girl that is transitioning into womanhood and needs to gain a little perspective about life, this is the book for her. ( )
  shemsu | Jun 16, 2015 |
I liked the book quite a bit... right up until the last two or three chapters. In part, I wasn't entirely happy with the ending (I hated the way it worked out)... but I think that the bigger issue that I had was the abruptness of the ending, and the fact that we didn't see anything beyond that point. I was honestly reminded in the last few paragraphs of Harlan Ellison's "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream"... for a book that had up until that point balanced it's lessons of consequences for one's actions with love and hope, it seemed to abandon all of those things at the most important moment. ( )
  cybermathwitch | Feb 6, 2014 |
1990 Newbery Honor

I really enjoyed the story and what I learned about Cholistan, but I was sad at the ending. It's totally realistic, but sad. ( )
  scote23 | Dec 26, 2013 |
Shabanu provides insight into the life and circumstances of the main character, Shabanu, who is facing the pressures of growing up and getting married. This book would be powerful in a multi-cultural unit, and when I read it originally in Middle School was able to really connect and relate to the main character since we were the same age. Due to the issues presented and the fact that Shabanu is herself female, this book will likely appeal more to girls than boys.

Reading Level: 7.6 ( )
  Kaitlyn.Johnston | Apr 22, 2013 |
1990 Newbery Honor

I really enjoyed the story and what I learned about Cholistan, but I was sad at the ending. It's totally realistic, but sad. ( )
  scote23 | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440238560, Mass Market Paperback)

Life is both sweet and cruel to strong-willed young Shabanu, whose home is the windswept Cholistan Desert of Pakistan. The second daughter in a family with no sons, she’s been allowed freedoms forbidden to most Muslim girls. But when a tragic encounter with a wealthy and powerful landowner ruins the marriage plans of her older sister, Shabanu is called upon to sacrifice everything she’s dreamed of. Should she do what is necessary to uphold her family’s honor—or listen to the stirrings of her own heart?

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When eleven-year old Shabanu, the daughter of a nomad in the Cholistan Desert of present-day Pakistan, is pledged in marriage to an older man whose money will bring prestige to the family, she must either accept the decision, as is the custom, or risk the consequences of defying her father's wishes.… (more)

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