The Carpet Boy's Gift

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Tilbury House Publishers, May 1, 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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User Review  - AbigailAdams26 - LibraryThing

Sold by his parents to the owners of a carpet factory for a loan of 1,000 rupees, Nadeem was a bonded laborer, forced - together with many other children - to work from sun up to sun down every day ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

Touching story about enslaved children working in a carpet factory who meet Iqbal Masih, a real boy who once worked in such a factory and escaped to become a crusader against child slavery. Read full review

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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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