Shabanu Essay

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Shabanu: Reflection Paragraphs Chapters 1 & 2: The first two chapters in the book were very interesting to me. The author describes the basics of family life. Everyone respects each other, and works hard to support the family. I was surprised when I read that children were married at a very young age, and their parents arranged the marriage. Marriage was very important to the Nomadic people. Also, I learned how important animals were to them. The author talks a lot about animals, especially camels.Chapters 3 & 4: In this part of the story, the author explains Shabanu and her feelings in great detail. Shabanu is a young girl who has a fascination with camels, and doesn't want to have her marriage arranged. I became very interested in the book when Shabanu saw Mithoo being attacked by birds with his mother dead. Shabanu risks her life to save Mithoo, and that shows that she is very brave and kind towards animals. She has adapted to living in the desert very well, and has extraordinary survival skills.Chapters 5 & 6: The next two chapters tell about the family traveling to a town to sell camels. Camels are important to the Nomadic people for transportation, but Dadi has to sell them for money. Camels are great animals, because they have adapted to the desert, and require minimal care. They can store water for a long while, so people do not have to constantly let them drink. Shabanu became very attached to a certain camel named Guluband. She is very sad and angry when Dadi has to sell him, and I think I would be mad too. Dadi probably didn't want to sell Guluband either, but he needed the money to support the family.Chapters 7 & 8: In chapters seven and eight, the author explains even more about the importance of camels. Camels have adapted to living in the desert, so they have a special flap on their noses to protect from sandstorms. These chapters also show how much Shabanu and her family appreciate clothes and gifts given to them. They very rarely receive luxury items, so they are very excited about small things we take for granted.Chapters 9 & 10: In this part of the book, Shabanu's family pierces all the new baby camels' noses. They use a needle to make a hole in the camels' noses, and then place a wooden peg in the hole. It seems like it would hurt the camel, but it is important to pierce their noses. It can help identify their camels from other families' camels that might get mixed up.Chapters 11 & 12: In the next two chapters of the story, Shabanu meets her aunt, Sharma. Sharma ran away from her husband, because he beat her and her daughter, Fatima. They were a very rich family, but Sharma couldn't stay and be beaten. Shabanu's other aunt greatly disapproves Sharma running away with her child. If I were put in Sharma's point of view, I would definitely had run away,...

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