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My Mother's Sari Hardcover – August 1, 2006

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Kindergarten-Grade 2–A simple text celebrates a childs connection with her mothers sari, a stretch of cloth that is long like a train and that fills the air with color when I dance and sing. A blue sari is a river; a patterned one is a place to hide with her friends. Best of all, the youngster wraps herself in the vivid cloth because she loves how it makes her dream. The endpapers demonstrate how to wrap the garment. Full-spread illustrations capture the colors and textures of the fabrics and the little girls wide-eyed playfulness and love of her mothers attire.–Alexa Sandmann, Kent State University, OH
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Pres-K. Yes, this will probably be of most interest to children already familiar with sari-wearing family members. But many other kids have probably seen saris and wondered about them. How does that long piece of cloth turn into a garment? The question is answered on the endpapers, which show a girl demonstrating step-by-step how to wrap a sari. The text, one line on each double-page spread, is whimsical: "My mother's sari is long like a train"; "When I am tired, it wraps itself around me." One girl mischievously uses her sari to blow her nose. Subtle backgrounds, lightly decorated with objects from nature, provide a gentle showcase for the children and the saris. Rao makes an interesting artistic choice by using childlike drawings to represent the kids and photographs of the cloths, bringing the fabric designs, colors, and folds up close. A winsome look at a fresh subject. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 330L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: North-South Books (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735821011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735821019
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,618,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Rao on January 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read the book with my daughter and it really did not inspire her at all. She loves trying on my saris and my jewellery just like I did when I was little. The book never gets to the reason why a child would want to wear her mother's clothes---to be like Mommy. I could not connect with the reasons depicted in the book for why the child wants her mother's sari.
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I loved the book . My mother wears a sari every day -- she even sleeps in one. She has many, many saris -- different colors, different fabrics and different types of saris for different occasions. I love each and every sari she has ever worn but I love the cotton ones she wore at home. I literally hung on to her "pallu" the part that is draped off the shoulder in my early childhood.

And I love the book for talking about the various feelings a sari evokes in a child. Good job Sandhya -- I hope this book is read by little girls and their families the world over.
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"My Mother's Sari" is great book for young children. Its theme is the imaginative uses of various children for their mother's sari. It skillfully and artfully combines simple drawings with photos of saris. The many colors and intricate patterns along with the many (sometimes silly) uses for mother's sari are sure to interest and captivate the imagination children. The simple, large print text will make it easy for children who are just beginning to read. I look forward to sharing it with our child once she is born. It also includes cleverly illustrated instructions for how to wear a sari.
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By Bear's Wife on November 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A nice addition to any classroom library seeking cultural diversity. I would suggest it for 5 yrs and older.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Powell on April 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I personally wasn't tremendously impressed, but my daughter (4) loves it. She's had me read it to her every night for weeks.
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