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Sona and the Wedding Game Hardcover – Picture Book, April 1, 2015
Experience the magic of an Indian wedding in this #OwnVoices story of a girl playing a fun, traditional game on her sister’s wedding day. From author Kashmira Sheth.
★ “Everyone will want to attend this wedding.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
Sona’s big sister is getting married and she’s been given an important job to do. She has to steal the groom’s shoes.
She’s never attended a wedding before, so she’s unfamiliar with this Indian tradition―as well as many of the other magical experiences that will occur before and during the special event. But with the assistance of her annoying cousin Vishal, Sona finds a way to steal the shoes and get a very special reward.
With amusing text and gorgeous, vibrant watercolors, author Kashmira Sheth and illustrator Yoshiko Jaeggi present a heartwarming story ripe with themes of family, ritual, and tradition.
CCBC Choices (Picture Books for School-Age Children) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education
Best Books of 2015: Best of Children’s List ―Kirkus Reviews
South Asia Book Award (Highly Commended) ―South Asia National Outreach Consortium
Storytelling World Resource Awards (Honor, Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners) ―Storytelling World
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association
Also by Kashmira Sheth:
Feast of Peas
My Dadima Wears a Sari
Tiger in My Soup
From School Library Journal
“Another strong collaboration from the pair who created My Dadima Wears a Sari (2007) and Monsoon Afternoon (2008, both Peachtree.)” ―School Library Journal
“A lovely mirror for young readers of Indian heritage” ―Booklist
- Publisher : Peachtree Publishing Company; Illustrated edition (April 1, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1561457353
- ISBN-13 : 978-1561457359
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : AD620L
- Grade level : 1 - 2
- Item Weight : 15 ounces
- Dimensions : 11 x 0.25 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,663,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the story of a fictional Hindu wedding but is based on real-life weddings for some Hindus. I thought the tradition of stealing a groom's shoes was very different but the book explains the reason and it is all about family. In fact, the book makes it clear that every nuance of this kind of wedding is to bring two families closer together. I like that!
I was a bit disappointed at the end as her request was asked but then there was no conclusion it seemed. Maybe I missed that part and it could be because...
The few illustrations I was able to see were colorful and cute. Unfortunately, the copy I had on Kindle did not convey as well as I would have liked to have seen. In fact, I think they were missing altogether. I do not think that is the fault of the author but if it had been a child trying to read the book, it would have been disappointing.
The book is a nice glimpse into some of India's rich culture It is only a small part, but still yet still worth reading, especially if learning about India.
Disclosure: A Kindle copy of this book was obtained through NetGalley. All views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~MM. aka Naila Moon
Sona is excited to be a part of her sister's wedding, but when she is told that as a part of the ceremony she is supposed to steal the groom's shoes, she becomes uncertain about her role. But with the help of a mischievous cousin, she just might pull it off and bargain for something she wants to boot. The details of the wedding are smoothly integrated into the telling of the story making it flow really well. The detailed illustrations are fascinating and offer a glimpse into the work that goes into making the wedding such an amazing event. A fun, informative book about children being children within the traditions of their culture. I also thought it was an interesting note that Sona isn't completely familiar with the Indian wedding traditions because she's never been to one before. This reminds the reader that so much of what we consider culture is learned and that if it isn't taught it will in time be lost.
The rich colors and details of Yoshiko Jaeggi’s illustrations are delightful. I love the facial expressions, Sona’s big eyes, and the decorative gold frames separating small pictures on the same page. Children of all cultures will enjoy this book, especially if a traditional Indian wedding is in their future.