The Breadwinner (The Breadwinner, #1) by Deborah EllisSince the Taliban took over Afghanistan, 11-year-old Parvana has rarely been outdoors. Barred from attending school, shopping at the market, or even playing in the streets of Kabul, the heroine of Deborah Elliss engrossing childrens novel The Breadwinner is trapped inside her familys one-room home. That is, until the Taliban hauls away her father and Parvana realizes that its up to her to become the breadwinner and disguise herself as a boy to support her mother, two sisters, and baby brother. Set in the early years of the Taliban regime, this topical novel for middle readers explores the harsh realities of life for girls and women in modern-day Afghanistan. A political activist whose first book for children, Looking for X, dealt with poverty in Toronto, Ellis based The Breadwinner on the true-life stories of women in Afghan refugee camps.
In the wily Parvana, Ellis creates a character to whom North American children will have no difficulty relating. The daughter of university-educated parents, Parvana is thoroughly westernized in her outlook and responses. A pint-sized version of Offred from Margaret Atwoods The Handmaids Tale, Parvana conceals her critique of the repressive Muslim state behind the veil of her chador. Although the dialogue is occasionally stilted and the ending disappointingly sketchy, The Breadwinner is essential reading for any child curious about ordinary Afghans. Like so many books and movies on the subject, it is also eerily prophetic. Maybe someone should drop a big bomb on the country and start again, says a friend of Parvanas. Theyve tried that, Parvana said, It only made things worse. (Ages 9 to 12) --Lisa Alward
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Like Chaudry, most of the cast is not well known. After the Taliban suddenly arrest him, Parvana cuts off her hair to pass as a boy so she can work to support her family. Along with Shauzia, a friend who has also disguised herself as a boy, Parvana begins to save up money and plot how to get her father out of prison. The animation beautifully brings to life the physical landscape and cultural setting of Kabul, from the bustling bazaar scenes and residential neighborhoods dotted with silhouettes of mosques to the vistas of distant mountains. Even more vivid is the fairy tale of sorts that Parvana tells in installments to entertain her toddler brother. Log In Membership Newsletters Obituaries. By Vanessa H.
Twomey grew up in Cork at the time of the Troubles and related to the book in her own way. The story follows Parvana after her father is arrested by the Taliban. Casting Parvana was anything but easy, but with the film a co-production between Cartoon Saloon and companies in Luxembourg and Canada, Twomey was steered overseas to look for her star. She eventually found Saara Chaudry, a young Toronto-raised actress and singer who has Afghan heritage. By chance, Chaudry was also a massive fan of the book since she was nine.
Flitting between a mythical past and a down-to-earth present, the story is full of scary monsters — from fantastical demons to all-too-real landmines and brutal beatings.
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While women are forbidden to leave their house to go to the marketplace, Parvana is allowed there as long as she is accompanied by her beloved father Ali Badshah , a one-legged former teacher. The heroine's father tries to instill the importance of telling stories, both as a way to distract from the horrors of the outside world and to potentially serve as an agent of change. While at home one night, a group of Taliban soldiers, led by an especially angry former student who barely seems to be past school age himself, barge in and take her father away to prison. Even a simple trip to a nearby well for water, as we see, is fraught with danger. When an attempt by Parvana and her mother to go to the prison in the hopes of seeing her father ends with her mother being beaten, the girl decides to take matters into her own hands. For more practical matters of survival, she takes inspiration from Shauzia Soma Chhaya , a former classmate who has cut her hair in order to pass as a boy, and decides to adopt a similar disguise.
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Parvana is an year-old girl living in Kabul , Afghanistan , under the control of the Taliban. Her father Nurullah, who is a school teacher was left physically impaired during The Soviet—Afghan War ; because of the war, he lost his left leg and became a hawker. A while later during supper, he is unjustly arrested after a volatile young member of the Taliban, Idrees, thinks he insulted him earlier while the two were selling goods in the market in Kabul. Parvana's family is left without an adult male relative, as her elder brother Sulayman died years ago, leaving her, her mother Fattema, her elder sister Soraya and her youngest brother Zaki without means to support the family, as they are not allowed to go out without a male relative. After Parvana unsuccessfully tries to buy food while going out as a girl, she decides to cut her hair and dress as a boy and pretend to be Nurullah's nephew, "Aatish," in order to support the family. Parvana frequently entertains Zaki by telling the story of a young boy on a journey to retrieve the seeds stolen by the evil Elephant King. The ploy works, and Parvana is able to get both food and money.