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Young adult readers interested in Muslim culture, gender roles, and the evolution of society will enjoy this short but powerful tale. In this unique coming-of-age story, Malika questions the invisibility of women, adulthood, and what it means to love. Can any person who loves, man or woman, actually be free? Nov 12, Leslie Medrano rated it it was amazing Shelves: This story is about a Muslim girl, Malika, who longs to travel and dream.
Because of her culture, she is limited as a female to do much outside the home. One night, her second mother and her find a wounded man outside their home. They take him in to help him heal, while the men of the house are gone on a business trip. The women of the home, hide this secret from their neighbors. Malika becomes friends with Abdelkarim an Genre: Malika becomes friends with Abdelkarim and begins to learn how to read and write because of him. He gives Malika lessons while he heals. Then, it is time for him to go, and Malika's father to return.
Malika has dreams and desires.
Her father approves and encourages her dream. I really liked this story because it betrays the culture in a non-biased way. The women are limited because of their culture, however, the women do things to help others even though it might be against their society.immobilien-florida.net/tmp/serial-dating-agency.php
Kim's Book Reviews: Review of THE SHADOWS OF GHADAMES
For example, Malika learns how to read and write, and they take in a man into their home because he is hurt, even though, the male of the home is not present. The book uses the word 'gandourah' throughout. The teacher can take some vocabulary words before she reads the book and have the students guess first what each word is by matching it with a picture.
This will give the students prior knowledge to be able to follow the story better because they will know what the word means. The students can compare and contrast the Muslim culture with Christianity. This can be a research project that takes a whole week.
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That way the students are aware of other beliefs and can see the similarities that a lot of religions have in common. Nov 11, Judy Lindow rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the only historical story about this region and the culture in young adult literature, that I know of. The narrative paints a beautiful picture of life for women on the city roofs, the gardens, nature, rituals, beliefs, architecture, politics, and social mores - including details like the women's tattoos, the baths, the caravans. It is a coming of age story of a young north african, Berber girl at the turn of the century.
A lot of the story describes how men and women treat each other, w This is the only historical story about this region and the culture in young adult literature, that I know of. A lot of the story describes how men and women treat each other, which is captivating and curious. It's very educational while being entertaining. I never felt there was a 'western' agenda - just the yearnings of a young girl excited and thinking about her future.
The male-female dichotomy is a little harsh for someone unfamiliar with the culture.
The plot is a little weak - almost as if the author just wanted a vehicle to share what it was like for young muslim women in this part of the world, at this time. And of course the reason this book is important, is that it begs us to ask: I would recommend this to 5th grade girls to adults. Jul 11, Vicki rated it it was amazing. Temerson, Catherine trans, The Shadows of Ghadames.
On the brink of adulthood, she is no longer allowed to walk in public and is restricted to traveling on the rooftops of the city buildings. This historical fiction novel, originally written in French, does a wonderful job of portraying the lives of women in the Middle East.
Despite the confining rules and customs the women must follow, they are portrayed as positive role models who are intelligent, independent and strong. Readers will become engaged in the lives of the women, who give freely to the less fortunate, hold a bazaar on the rooftop, stomp their feet when walking in the street to alert men of their presence, and remove all jewelry while their husbands are away. Stolz creates a vibrant depiction of women living in a Muslim world.
Oct 09, Danielle Witter rated it liked it Shelves: This book was interesting. I liked it because it was about a different culture. This book is about a girl named Malika who lives in the Libyan city of Ghadames. She has just watched her merchant father depart on one of his caravan expeditions.
She too desires to travel to distant cities, and really wants to learn to read like her younger brother. But she is almost 12 years old, and soon to be of marriageable age, Malika knows that— like all Muslim women— she must be content with a more s This book was interesting. But she is almost 12 years old, and soon to be of marriageable age, Malika knows that— like all Muslim women— she must be content with a more secluded, more limited life.
Then one night a stranger enters her home, someone who disrupts the traditional order of things— and who affects Malika in unexpected ways. How to use this book with students: This book is geared towards 5th through 8th graders, so I think it could be used in a literature circle or a book club. In a book club, the students can talk about what they would do if they were in the same situation as Malika.
Nov 29, Jori Richardson rated it it was ok Shelves: When I started this book, I thought it seemed very promising because the author began by describing in vivid detail the fascinating setting of her book - 's Libya. Joelle Stolz certainly has a way with words and a talent for making an exotic setting come to life. However, her talent stops there. Stolz may have a way with words, but she definitely does not have a way with plots, characters, or writing about things readers just may actually be interested in.
The characters are silly and badly wr When I started this book, I thought it seemed very promising because the author began by describing in vivid detail the fascinating setting of her book - 's Libya. The characters are silly and badly written, the author introduces possible things the book could be about - yet then seemingly abandons the ideas - and the plot is nonexistent.
I can't even really say for sure what this book is about The main character is a young girl coming of age in 's Libya, and that is pretty much all we can be certain of. This book is not worth reading. Nov 27, Holly Brown rated it it was amazing. This is a historical fiction book that is set in the city of Ghadames, in southern Libya. The time period for this book is the late nineteenth century.
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This book shows the culture of the city during this time period. The book is about a girl named Malika, her family, and the traditions of these people. I really enjoyed this book. It was very interesting to find out about the culture of these people during this time period. I would use this book in my classroom to teach my students about the cult This is a historical fiction book that is set in the city of Ghadames, in southern Libya.
I would use this book in my classroom to teach my students about the culture of the city of Ghadames during this time period.
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This would also be a great way to show my students the differences of this culture and the culture of the city now. It shows that through time, all things change. At a time when building understanding between cultures is more important than ever, encouraging young readers to judge another culture by the standards of their own doesn't seem very helpful. Families can talk about the treatment of women in Muslim Libya. The book is written by a Westerner who clearly doesn't approve of the practices depicted, so, unintentionally, there's even more to discuss, including cultural prejudice.
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We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential. Learn how we rate. For Your Family Log in Sign me up. Reviews Find the good stuff, faster — from books to YouTube. YouTube channel reviews are here! The best media for your family, hand-picked by our editors. What's on your mind? Get answers to top parenting questions here. The Shadows of Ghadames. A girl's life in turn-of-the-century Muslim Libya. Apr 02, Pages Middle Grade Buy. Feb 14, Pages Middle Grade Apr 02, Pages Middle Grade In the Libyan city of Ghadames, Malika watches her merchant father depart on one of his caravan expeditions.
She too yearns to travel to distant cities, and longs to learn to read like her younger brother. But nearly 12 years old, and soon to be of marriagable age, Malika knows that—like all Muslim women—she must be content with a more secluded, more limited life. Then one night a stranger enters her home. Why is a girl forbidden to read or receive an education? From the Hardcover edition. About The Shadows of Ghadames Why is a girl forbidden to read or receive an education?
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