Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Rani and I am eight-years-old. I am from a small village in Pakistan and I once had a great life. I could go to school, play in the rain, and hang out with my friends. One year the floods came to my village and our home was destroyed along with many others. We all ran in different directions to find dry land. My family and I took refuge at a relief camp where we are trying to make the most of the situation by helping others.
What is your role in the story?
I am a little girl displaced by the Pakistan floods of 2010. I am confused, scared, and a little bored. The relief camp doesn’t have many activities for children since the focus is on survival. My new friends and I run, jump, play, and try to do familiar activities that offer us comfort.
What is your favorite hobby?
I am a fun loving child but my favorite thing to do is to help other people. In the story I go around trying to find people whom I can assist in some way. As you will see, I am not always successful.
What is the challenge you’re trying to overcome during the story?
I want to help at the relief camp since my family members are involved in various services at the camp such as unloading supplies, cooking, and helping new mothers. My father says I should find a way to help in the way only children can. At first, I didn’t know what he meant but toward the end of the story, I find a way to help my dear friend and bring him joy on the day of the Muslim festival of Eid.
If you could make one wish, what would it be?
I wish that I could be back home living the life I once had.
Title: Rani in Search of a Rainbow
Author: Shaila Abdullah
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Displaced by the Pakistan floods, Rani’s family has taken refuge at a relief camp where they are doing their part to help other flood victims. Eight-year old Rani wants to assist but doesn’t know how. Heeding the advice of her father to help in a way only children can, Rani embarks on a journey to bring true joy to a dear friend on the occasion of Eid.
Shaila Abdullah is an award-winning author and designer based in Austin, Texas. She is the author of four books: Saffron Dreams, Beyond the Cayenne Wall, My Friend Suhana, and A Manual for Marco. The author has received several awards for her work including the Golden Quill Award and Patras Bukhari Award for English Language. Several academic institutions have adopted her books as course study or recommended reading, including the University of California, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Indiana University, Boston University, California State University, and George Washington University. Learn more about the author at www.ShailaAbdullah.com.