Project Description


Sona and the Wedding Game

by Kashmira Sheth
illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi

Experience the magic of a traditional Indian wedding!

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 gently amusing text and gorgeous, vibrant watercolors, author Kashmira Sheth and illustrator Yoshiko Jaeggi present a heartwarming story with inspiring themes of family bonding and the importance of ritual and tradition.

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


“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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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 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.