An Indian grandmother and her American granddaughter explore culture, imagination, and individuality through a sari. An #OwnVoices story from Kashmira Sheth.
“A strong depiction of family, this story shows how meaningful traditional clothing can be.” ―Kirkus Reviews
Every day, Rupa’s grandmother wears a beautiful Indian sari. Each is brightly colored and very pretty. “Don’t you ever want to wear a gray skirt and red blouse with round buttons like Mommy or a green dress like me?” Rupa asks. But Dadima prefers to wear her traditional saris.
Dadima shares all the wonderful things that saris can do—from becoming an umbrella in a rainstorm to providing a deep pouch to carry seashells. Soon Rupa’s own imagination is sparked as she envisions saris protecting her in the scary Gir Jungle, bandaging up an injured knee, and holding a special secret for her and Dadima to share.
Kashmira Sheth provides a warm, unique peek into Indian culture in this sensitive portrait of a grandmother and her American granddaughter. Hindu words defined and sprinkled throughout the text further add to the story’s authenticity. Yoshiko Jaeggi’s sweeping, colorful, and fanciful watercolor illustrations capture the extraordinary bond of love that unites families across generations and cultures. A note from the author and instructions for wrapping a sari are included.
Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education
CCBC Choices (Picture Books for School-Age Children) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People ―National Council for the Social Studies/Children’s Book Council
Georgia Children’s Picture Storybook Award (Nominee) ―University of Georgia