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My Dadima Wears a Sari

by Kashmira Sheth
illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi

Every day, Rupa’s grandmother wears a beautiful sari. Dadima wears her saris around the house and around the town. Some are made of cotton and some are made of fine silk. Each is brightly colored and very beautiful.

“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. She shares with her granddaughter all the wonderful things that saris can dofrom becoming an umbrella in a rainstorm to providing a deep pouch to carry seashells. Soon Rupa’s 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.

Author Kashmira Sheth provides young readers with a unique view of Indian culture and tradition through this affectionate, sensitive portrait of a grandmother and her American granddaughter. Illustrator Yoshiko Jaeggi’s sweeping, colorful, and fanciful watercolor illustrations capture the extraordinary bond that unites families across generations despite cultural differences. A note from the author and instructions for wrapping a sari are included.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-392-4
Publication Date: 3/1/2007
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-5/8″ x 9-7/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.5
F&P: GRL M, Gr 2, Genre RF
Lexile: AD600L
Themes: Culture, Intergenerational Relationship, Traditions

Reviews

“A strong depiction of family, this story shows how meaningful traditional clothing can be.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The continuous, loving exchange heightens the intergenerational warmth that’s extended in Jaeggi’s delicate watercolors, particularly in scenes of Dadima and the girls unfurling luxurious lengths of cloth. Young listeners will want to follow the appended, illustrated instructions demonstrating how to wrap a sari.” ―Booklist

“Soft watercolor paintings capture the magnificent fabrics of Dadima’s saris and accentuate this loving story of a grandmother and her two granddaughters.” ―School Library Journal

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“A treasure” ―New York Amsterdam News

“The book is full of familial love as the grandmother passes on traditions and memories. It also includes a glossary to identify some Hindi words used in the text and a step-by-step guide to putting on a sari properly” ―Read Write Repeat

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Awards

Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2008

CCBC Choices (Picture Books for School-Age Children) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center, 2008

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People ―National Council for the Social Studies/Children’s Book Council, 2008

Georgia Children’s Picture Storybook Award (Nominee) ―University of Georgia, 2009-2010

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Meet the Author

Kashmira Sheth was born in India and came to the US when she was seventeen to attend Iowa State University, where she received a BS in microbiology. She is the author of several picture books,  middle grade, and young adult novels. Sheth teaches at Pine Manor College, in their Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program.  She lives in Wisconsin. You can visit  her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Yoshiko Jaeggi was trained in her native Japan at the Osaka Municipal Institute of Fine Art and has illustrated several children’s books. She lives in Maryland. You can visit her website here.