"History was her favourite subject, especially Afghan history. Everyone had come to Afghanistan. The Persians came four thousand years ago. Alexander the Great came, too, follow by the Greeks, Arabs, Turks, British, and finally the Soviets. One of the conquerers Tamerlane from Samarkand, cut off the heads of his enemies and stacked them in huge piles, like melons at a fruit stand." pg. 11
the Breadwinner/ Deborah Ellis- Because the Taliban rulers of Kabul, Afghanistan, impose strict limitations on women's freedom and behavior, eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so that her family can survive after her father's arrest.
Parvana sells her beautiful red Salwar Khameez at the market. The outfit was an Eid present from her aunt who embroidered it for her with fine gold thread. Often a character changing clothes can be very symbolic- it can illustrate a shift in a story. In this story Parvana sells her Salwaar Khameez and dons her dead brother's old clothes. This illustrates all the changes in her role in her family- from daughter to son, from child to provider.