My Dadima Wears a Sari

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
This book features two young American sisters as they describe their East Indian grandmother, who always wears her sari. When they ask her why, she shows them the many ways she can use it, to fan a breeze when it's hot, or cover their heads in a rain shower. The girls begin to imagine other uses as well. Dadima then shows them her many saris, in different colors and fabrics, and describes her three favorites from special occasions in her life. Finally, she shows the girls how to put on a sari, so they all are wearing them. Transparent watercolors project the delicacy and colors of the materials of the saris as well as the various scenes, both real and imaginary, where the saris are worn or used. Warm family affection is evident in both story and illustrations. The end-papers are a plus, adding almost a dozen patterns, some of which appear incorporated in the saris or decorations in the story. The author adds a personal note on the sari in her life, along with instructions on how to wrap a sari, complete with photographs.
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K-Gr 3
Soft watercolor paintings capture the magnificent fabrics of Dadima's saris and accentuate this loving story of a grandmother and her two granddaughters. When Rupa, the older girl, asks if Dadima misses wearing skirts or blouses or pants, the woman responds, "I never thought about it." When she asks, "Why not?" Dadima explains that it is because she can do so much with her sari. She can use the end, the pallu , as a fan for cooling, as a pocket for carrying shells, or as an umbrella in case of an unexpected storm. Inspired, Rupa generates a few ideas of her own, including tying a knot in the sari to remind her grandmother to give her a hug. A wonderful complement to Sandhya Rao's My Mother's Sari (North-South, 2006), this text, too, explains how to wrap the garment.
—Alexa SandmannCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Rupa's grandmother wears beautiful saris every day, and Rupa wants to know if she ever gets tired of them. "Never," Dadima answers. A sari, she explains, can become a fan, a pouch for collecting seashells or an umbrella, just for starters. Rupa, entranced, decides to tie a knot in the corner of Dadima's pallu-the end of her sari-to remind her to give Rupa a hug. When Rupa's younger sister Neha appears, Dadima shows the girls more of her saris, explains a bit about each-she still has her first sari, her wedding sari and the one she was wearing when she came to America-and shows the girls how to wear them. "We look like you," Rupa says. Dadima hugs her, and Rupa quietly unties the knot she made earlier. A strong depiction of family, this story shows how meaningful traditional clothing can be. Includes a personal note from the author detailing her own memories and associations with saris as well as photographs and instructions on how to wrap one. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561453924
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted September 18, 2009

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    Warm, Wonderful Story of Another Culture

    This is a wonderful story that shows the warm, loving relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughters. The story also shares the traditions of another culture, which is important for children if they are to accept and understand different ways of doing things. It is fun to find out all the things one can do with a sari, like using it to play hide-and-seek. Most girls (and their moms) would probably love to try on a sari, and they can do it in their imaginations with this delightful book. The pictures evoke the warm feeling of the relationship, and make the colors and the stories behind the saris come to life. A gem of a book!

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