Bamboo People's Very Own Mitali Perkins
The day Mitali Perkins visited, everyone learned a lot about what life was like in Bangladesh when her parents were young and she was just born. I think it was really important for the school to know about because it really helped us all understand where she was coming from when writing Bamboo People. I hope you enjoyed her story and will soon enjoy mine.
On April 12, 2018, Mitali Perkins came to SPMS for a book signing session. This year our "read it forward" book was Bamboo People. It told the story of two teenage boys who are on opposing sides of the unrest between the government of Burma and the tribal people in remote areas of the country. Many kids came and bought books, then later had Ms. Perkins sign them. One of the sweetest signings I saw was when one kid brought seven notecards and had Mitali sign all of them for his family.
Earlier that day, we had a special assembly were Perkins told us about her family. She told us about how moving to a new school can be hard, but she eventually learned the ways. She told us that when she moved here, the jobs, food, clothes, and many more things were very different from Bangladesh, where she moved from. Perkins explained how life was like in Bangladesh as a little girl. Students such as Kiera Grace and Carlo Williams would help Perkins out with this. Kiera Grace needed to “carry” water buckets in her hands and on her head, to show that the girl in the family needed to walk thousands of miles away to the well to get water for the day. Carlo Williams needed to “bargain” with a local store owner to get the price of some bananas, to show that a man would go shopping and try to bargain as best he could.