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Homeless Bird (original 2000; edition 2001)

by Gloria Whelan

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Title:Homeless Bird
Authors:Gloria Whelan
Info:Perfection Learning (2001), Hardcover
Collections:2013 Archive
Rating:****
Tags:girls, teens, historical fiction, culture of India, Lisa Nabel, 2013

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Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan (2000)

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Excellent find and read.
There is so much unknown about all the fabric details of American culture and society, so to expand knowledge and learning globally for our local classrooms is important and well represented in this book. The strength and power of family tradition and culture, while never hidden from the classroom, can be one sided and narrow. When compared to century long traditions like arranged marriage and family honor, students are able to better equate and relate to the world around them. I found this book heartbreaking, saddening but also inspiring and a great read for appropriate aged children.
  cpwpsu | Mar 16, 2014 |
This book is about a girl named Koly, who is 13. She lives in India, and where she lives in India, 13 is the age to get married. Her parents have to choose her husband for her. She leaves her parents to go live with her chosen husband. Will it work out? _IAF_ ( )
  block4johnson2013a | Mar 5, 2013 |
BBYA Top 10 2001; CML; National Book Award Winner. RGG: Lovely story about a young Hindi girl's life.
  rgruberexcel | Sep 16, 2012 |
I think that this book is a great way to expose students to the customs and traditions of South Asian culture. It is also a nice way to ease students into the use of metaphors, as Koly refers to a homeless bird, and other literary terms. Koly's struggle throughout this story and the exhibition of her passion and the way she uses that passion to push through these struggles is an inspiring story for students, who may also be struggling themselves in some way. Overall, I definitely recommend using this book in the classroom. Even to this day, it is one of my favorite stories to read. ( )
  jeemra | Sep 6, 2012 |
BBYA Top 10 2001; CML; National Book Award Winner. RGG: Lovely story about a young Hindi girl's life.
  rgruberexcel | Sep 4, 2012 |
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"Koly, you are thirteen and growing every day," Maa said to me.
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Was my marriage to be like to be like buying of a sack of yams in the marketplace?
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"What if I don't like him?"
"Of course you will like him."
"But what if I don't?"
Maa impatiently slapped at a fly. "Then you must learn to like him."

But Koly never gets a chance to find out if she does care for her intended groom. Married and promptly widowed at 13, Koly finds herself in the grim position of being cast out by a society that has no place for girls like her. With a seemingly hopeless future in India, this courageous and spirited young woman sets out to forge her own destiny. Through perseverance, resourcefulness, and sheer luck, she manages not only to find a niche for herself, but even to find happiness again.

Gloria Whelan's tale of a remarkable girl in an extraordinary situation will linger with the reader long after the last page is read. The shaping of Koly's life, as anyone's, is in her own hands, as well as the hands of the society in which she lives. Her ability to express herself--and ultimately support herself--with her exceptional skill in embroidery is a symbol of the creative ingenuity that will serve her well throughout her tribulations. (Ages 8 and older) --Emilie Coulter

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:30:32 -0400)

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When thirteen-year-old Koly enters into an ill-fated arranged marriage, she must either suffer a destiny dictated by India's tradition or find the courage to oppose it.

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