My Dadima Wears a Sari
Written by Kashmira Sheth and illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi.
Peachtree Publishers, 2007
Indian customs and Hindi words are gently threaded into the story, as dadima shows her American-born granddaughters her special collection of saris – her very first half-sari, her red and gold wedding one, and the gauzy pink one worn for her journey from India to America, years ago. Jaeggi’s soft watercolors enhance not only the action of the story, but also colorwash the background of each page in the very same pattern dadima is showing the girls.
This is Sheth’s first picture book, and like her other works, it addresses the culture of her native India. This gentle tale will introduce young people to different cultures’ different modes of dress in a way that makes them seem magical.
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