The Carpet Boy's Gift

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Tilbury House Publishers, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 38 pages
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Nadeem and his fellow workers are bonded laborers, children who work day and night to pay off loans their families have accepted from a factory owner. Although Nadeem and his cousin Amina take pride in helping their poor families, they yearn to go to school ant to have time to play. One day a former carpet boy named Iqbal Masih leads a parade in the village. New laws have abolished bonded labor! Iqbal urges Nadeem to fight for freedom and to lead the children to a new school in town. This fictional story honors the legacy of Iqbal Masih, a real boy who escaped from a factory and worked to liberate child workers like Nameem by the thousands. Resources at the end of the story lead to more information about child labor issues and encourage children to support companies that work to make the world a better place for all.

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Tis book is a wonderful book. It helps children from ages 7-12 realise that they live in fortunate communities around the globe. Meanwhile there are children, adults and even toddlers trying to make the smallest amount of money for their families. This book is recommended to those who love to learn about poverty. This book inspired my friend to give her candy after Halloween to the less fortunate. READ IT! ITS AMAZING!!! 

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About the author (2006)

Pegi Deitz Shea, a recipient of the Connecticut Book Award, has written many children's books. She lives in Rockville, Connecticut. Her web site is

Morin is a self-taught illustrator.

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