From School Library Journal
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 CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved