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Homeless Bird
by Gloria Whelan
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1.Why did Koli embroider her life onto quilts, sheets and pillow cases?
2.What did you learn about the Indian culture that you didn't know before? Do you know if people in India or from India still have arranged marriages? Why do you think adults arrange marriages?
3.What did you think about Koly's mother-in-law? Why did she treat Koly so horribly? Why did she lie about the government money?
4.Would Koly's life have been better if Hari had lived?
5.Why did so many people live in the streets? Is that the way it really is in India? Why does India have so many people? Why were cows allowed to roam all over the city? Do you think the author showed what life was really like in India?
6.Why was Maa Kampala so adamant that Koly not go to Mala's room? What was so wrong with Mala's place and having people in?
7.What options did girls and young women have in India?
8.How could Koly feel sorry for Sass? Did you feel sorry for Sass?
9.Did you like the ending? We didn't see the wedding or her new family - do you think there may be a sequel?
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