Neel lives on an island of the Bengali Sunderbans. His headmaster is encouraging him to try to win a prestigious scholarship to study in Kolkata. Neel has no desire to leave his family or the island he loves.
A tiger cub escapes from a reserve. There is much conflict around thisescape. A poacher is ready to pounce. Neel knows every hiding place on the island. Should Neel study and forget about the tiger cub? Should Neel’s father work for the poacher to make money for a tutor to help his son earn the coveted scholarship?
This is a fast read, and a great one for students in grades 3-6. The reader will begin to understand Bengali culture, the coming of age of a young boy, and the threat of poachers.
This packet includes critical thinking questions, a chart to include the traditions/aspects of Bengali culture, and a choice of activities for students.