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My Dadima Wears a Sari

My Dadima Wears a Sari

Illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi


My Dadima Wears a Sari

About the Book

An Indian grandmother and her American granddaughter explore culture, imagination, and individuality through a sari.

Every day, Rupa's grandmother wears a beautiful Indian sari. Some are made of cotton and others of fine silk. Each is brightly colored and very pretty. "Don’t you ever want to wear a green dress like me?" Rupa asks. But Dadima prefers to wear her traditional saris.
Dadima shares all the wonderful things that saris can do—from becoming an umbrella in a rainstorm to providing a deep pouch to carry seashells. Soon Rupa's own imagination is sparked as she envisions saris protecting her in the scary Gir Jungle, bandaging up an injured knee, and holding a special secret for her and Dadima to share.
Inspired by Kashmira Sheth's American-born daughters' curiosity, My Dadima Wears a Sari introduces readers to this wardrobe staple from the Indian subcontinent, the different styles and ways it can be worn, and its beauty and benefits. Yoshiko Jaeggi's graceful, fabric-inspired watercolor illustrations offer readers a glimpse into the culture and customs of India, while reinforcing universal themes of love and the importance of family. An author's note explores Sheth's childhood memories of wearing her first saris and back matter photos display the process of wrapping and wearing one.

Product Details

On sale: May 24, 2022
Age: 4-8 years
Grade: Preschool - 3
Page count: 32 Pages
ISBN: 9781682633984

Author Bio

Kashmira Sheth grew up in India surrounded by women wearing saris. She moved to the United States when she was seventeen to attend Iowa State University, where she received a BS in microbiology. Before becoming an author Kashmira had many different jobs, including running a dance school and choreographing and performing Indian dances, working in a bakery, and working as a food microbiologist. 

Yoshiko Jaeggi was born in Kagoshima, Japan, which is famous for its volcano. She drew her first picture in the ashes that rained from the sky. Yoshiko was trained at the Osaka Municipal Institute of Fine Art.


"A strong depiction of family, this story shows how meaningful traditional clothing can be." —Kirkus Reviews

"The continuous, loving exchange heightens the intergenerational warmth that's extended in Jaeggi's delicate watercolors, particularly in scenes of Dadima and the girls unfurling luxurious lengths of cloth. Young listeners will want to follow the appended, illustrated instructions demonstrating how to wrap a sari." —Booklist

"Soft watercolor paintings capture the magnificent fabrics of Dadima's saris and accentuate this loving story of a grandmother and her two granddaughters." —School Library Journal