My Dadima Wears a Sari by Kashmira Sheth
To some degree, it’s going to be the Kashmira Sheth show around here this month, as I’ve already posted two of her books and have three more (including this one)!
My Dadima Wears a Sari is about granddaughters and grandmothers. The text starts out very simply and moves into a conversation between a little girl and her grandmother about why the grandmother prefers wearing a sari to wearing western clothes. The grandmother shares her reasons, which range from utility to freedom of motion to beauty to history. As the little girl hears her grandmother’s stories, her imagination takes over and she shares tales of how her grandmother’s sari could come in handy. It’s a lovely story about family and love with culture and tradition woven in. Accompanied by a cool guide on how to wrap a sari and lovely illustrations, this would make a cute read aloud. Definite praise is in order for illustrator Yoshiko Jaeggi who manages to draw a grandmother who looks legitimately old and yet beautiful.
Sex, Nudity, Dating – A sari often exposes a woman’s midriff. This is depicted in the illustrations throughout the book and the photos at the end.
Death, Violence and Gore – None.
Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking – None.
Frightening or Intense Things – None.