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Sona and the Wedding Game

by Kashmira Sheth
illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi

Experience the magic of an Indian wedding in this #OwnVoices story of a girl playing a fun, traditional game on her sister’s wedding day. From author Kashmira Sheth.

★ “Everyone will want to attend this wedding.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

Sona’s big sister is getting married and she’s been given an important job to do. She has to steal the groom’s shoes.

She’s never attended a wedding before, so she’s unfamiliar with this Indian tradition―as well as many of the other magical experiences that will occur before and during the special event. But with the assistance of her annoying cousin Vishal, Sona finds a way to steal the shoes and get a very special reward.

With amusing text and gorgeous, vibrant watercolors, author Kashmira Sheth and illustrator Yoshiko Jaeggi present a heartwarming story ripe with themes of family, ritual, and tradition.

Awards:
CCBC Choices (Picture Books for School-Age Children) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education
Best Books of 2015: Best of Children’s List ―Kirkus Reviews
South Asia Book Award (Highly Commended) ―South Asia National Outreach Consortium
Storytelling World Resource Awards (Honor, Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners) ―Storytelling World
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association

Also by Kashmira Sheth:
Feast of Peas
Monsoon Afternoon
My Dadima Wears a Sari
Tiger in My Soup

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-735-9
Publication Date: 4/1/2015
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-5/8″ x 9-7/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.0
F&P: GRL N, Gr 3, Genre RF
Lexile: AD520L
Themes: Family, Indian/Hindu Culture, Wedding Traditions
BISAC 1: JUV017090 JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Religious
BISAC 2: JUV013030 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
BISAC 3: JUV014000 JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women

Reviews

“Everyone will want to attend this wedding.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“Another strong collaboration from the pair who created My Dadima Wears a Sari (2007) and Monsoon Afternoon (2008, both Peachtree.)” ―School Library Journal

“A lovely mirror for young readers of Indian heritage…” ―Booklist

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“The gauze profusion of silky saris, the girls-only mehndi party, bejeweled guests, and a white horse decked out in embroidery and tassels make the Western tradition of flower girl lookjust perhaps―a teeny bit disappointing?” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“An engaging story draws readers right into Sona’s experience, with details about the wedding preparations and ceremony seamlessly incorporated as Sona describes being part of traditions that are new to her yet steeped in family and tradition.” ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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Awards

CCBC Choices (Picture Books for School-Age Children) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center, 2016

Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2016

Best Books of 2015: Best of Children’s List ―Kirkus Reviews, 2015

South Asia Book Award (Highly Commended) ―South Asia National Outreach Consortium, 2016

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Storytelling World Resource Awards (Honor, Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners) ―Storytelling World, 2016

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2016

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Meet the Author

Kashmira Sheth2

Kashmira Sheth was born in India with Guajarati as her mother tongue, and began learning English in fifth grade. She had lived in Bhavnagar and Mumbai before moving to United States when she was seventeen to attend Iowa State University, where she received a BS in microbiology. Before becoming an author Kashmira had many different jobs, including running a dance school and choreographing and performing Indian dances, working in a bakery, and working as a food microbiologist. She is the author of several picture books, chapter books, and middle grade and young adult novels. Taking inspiration from her own life and experiences, much of Kashmira’s work centers on Indian culture and features Indian and Indian-American characters. 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.