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My Mother's Sari

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  92 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
One long stretch of cloth is what Mother always wears--"elegant yet so graceful. The mystery of the sari can be magic for a child, winding and weaving, just like the connection between a child and its mother. The style, the motifs, the interplay of children, colors, and textures, create the rich, mood-filled, and dreamy world of
Hardcover, 28 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by NorthSouth (first published August 24th 2006)
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Samuel Graham
This book shows all the reasons that a little's girl's mother's sari is special to her. She loves it for all the roles that it plays for her: from a train to a river to a tissue and more. The end pages of the book also show an 8-step process for putting on a sari. Sabnani's illustrations depict the beautiful colors and patterns of the cloths of various saris. I especially appreciate how the textures come out in the illustrations. For girls who have grown up around saris I'm sure this book would ...more
Juliann Strieter
Jan 25, 2017 Juliann Strieter rated it really liked it
I read this book as an e-book on YouTube

Source: Popular International Children's Books on Goodreads- instructor recommendation - high rating book (3.63 stars on Goodreads)

This is a picture book about a young girl who is fascinated by her mother's sari. A sari is a female garment from the Indian culture that drapes around women and can be five to nine years in length. The little girl describes her mother's sari and has many descriptive terms based on the c
Sam Grace
Aug 08, 2012 Sam Grace rated it liked it
Recommends it for: read aloud POC book lovers
It is rare that I read a picture book and have a clear vision for how I would improve it. But in this case, it was easy. The illustrator gave me the idea herself. But first, let me go over the rest.

The writing is short and very easy to read aloud and thus meets a very important criteria of mine for children's books that parents should actually own. I liked the cloth of the saris contrasted with the acrylics (and on some pages wished for a much stronger contrast).

But the illustrations were just
Illustrated using mixed-media, My Mother’s Sari opens with the endpapers bearing instructions in how to don a sari. The photographed human model’s person painted over in the manner of the characters we will soon meet in the story.

Whether it is in imaginative play, nose wiping (a favorite), or finally to wrap oneself up in and dream, each of the children’s mother’s sari function differently. And yet the unity of the text, that possessive I the reader will hear with one voice, recommends that one
Apr 14, 2010 Alice rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Summary: A child describes the wonder, comfort, and practical uses of her mother’s sari—the one long piece of fabric folded and tucked “just so” that makes up this traditional dress of the Indian women.

Indian culture is part of my family story and My Mother’s Sari afforded a sweet, sensory visit. I love the simple text and rich illustrations!

Sabnani accompanies the text with a combination of photograph and primitive style illustrations. The photographs display varying sari cloth—different patter
Marissa García
Apr 14, 2012 Marissa García rated it really liked it
In a multicolored celebration parade, our lovely young protagonist lists all the reasons she loves her mother’s sari. She can hide in it, use it as a hammock, and even wipe her nose! There are even end paper instructions on how to properly wrap a sari.

The delightful illustrations are done in a mixed media format that splices in streams of photos of real saris along with the mischievous, darting little girl racing among the pages. Concise and very well written, this title could serve a number of
Leang Ngov
Jan 28, 2016 Leang Ngov rated it it was amazing
Shelves: homeschooling
I thought that this children's book was sweet. I enjoyed reading this to my children, because in my family's country, we also wear a sari. Things that kids did with their mother's sari in this photo book made me laugh and remembering fondly what I used to do with my mother's and grandmother's sari. I am grateful that this book has been written and created because I feel this helps to normalize multiple cultures here in America. The fact that I was able to read this book to my children helps them ...more
Stacy Slater
Nov 04, 2009 Stacy Slater rated it really liked it
Rao crawled inside a child's imagination to give us a view of a sari from a short person's perspective. This wonderful garment becomes a blanket, a hammock, a climbing rope, and, when mom's not looking, a tissue for a runny nose. The text is simple, warm, and perfectly complimented by the mixed media illustrations. They capture the jewel tones and radiance of traditional sari materials, and the mischievous glee of a child playing in her mother's wardrobe. Children from pre-school through second ...more
Jan 12, 2016 Elizabeth added it
Recommended to Elizabeth by: searching MLN for India picturebooks ("India -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile fiction.")
Shelves: picturebooks, india
I like that the inside cover explains how to wrap a sari -- but the slipcover on the book means you can't actually read/see all of it :(

I like that the narrator child playing with the mother's sari gets to be various different kids, including ones who could be read as boys.

I don't know who the intended target audience is, but I can imagine American/"Western" kids feeling self-conscious about their mom's "weird" sari, and I really appreciate the way this normalizes your mom having a sari and pres
Jun 06, 2008 Janelle rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who like colors, clothing, using imagination
Shelves: children-s-books
My brother-in-law's Indian. When I participated in the wedding, one of my favorite parts was observing the beautiful clothing worn throughout the festivities.

The book is short but sweet, as it explores the various uses of a sari and where a child's imagination goes with it. It reminded me a bit of the old cardboard boxes we used as children.

The words are bold and clear to read. The illustrations are vivid and colorful, and use a mixed media approach using both drawing and photos of various mat
Sep 11, 2012 Casey rated it liked it
Very few words, nice artwork but not something I would want to pick up and read again. Discusses a little girl that plays with her mother's Sari. (kind of humerus, she wipes her nose on it) Shows different culture, but I'm sure there are better books available. A nice picture book for young pre-k/k students. Best part of the book was the inside covers, described step-by-step how to wrap a sari... enjoyed it better than the book.
Jul 08, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, india, 2011
This is a short and simple book that describes how a young girl feels about her mother's sari. In the end pages, there are instructions for putting a sari on, which appears to be somewhat complicated. The narrative is poetic and evokes the feelings of comfort, warmth and love. Our oldest picked this book out at our library and read it for her summer reading log and I read it afterward.
A child plays with his/her mother's sari (varies depending on the page) -- pretending it is a train, a river, a rope, in this delightful book. The text is short enough for even a toddler storytime and the illustrations are bright and appealing. The endpages show how to wrap a sari into clothing. A really delightful book.
Feb 09, 2012 Westerville rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, picture_book
A child plays with his/her mother's sari (varies depending on the page) -- pretending it is a train, a river, a rope, in this delightful book. - Robin, Youth Services

Reserve a library copy!
Oct 23, 2009 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-misc
I enjoy the mixed media illustrations. The text is simple and sweet. The end papers have directions on how to wrap a sari.
Jul 08, 2013 Mollie rated it it was ok
Short and sweet. I like the colorful sari's and how each child would identify with their mother and their traditional clothing. But the choice of words and rhyming were a bit odd. A sweet book!
Sep 05, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 5 and under
Beautiful! Rao captures the essence of why children play with their parents’ clothes in the last few pages:
I love my mother’s sari…/ and how it makes me dream.
Emmeline Guest
Aug 30, 2009 Emmeline Guest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful illustrations, combining acrylics and photography, make this sweet, simple, multicultural story, stunning.

This is a great multicultural read for the very young.
Apr 20, 2011 Vanessa rated it really liked it
This story brings this culture alive for young readers. I liked how she discovered what the Sari was and what it meant for her mom to wear it.
Rose Goodwin
This is a good resource for teachers of young children. It also has the steps for putting on the Sari. It is a good book to teach on India's culture/clothing.
Apr 29, 2016 Colleen rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, prek-2
I thought this was a really cute book but would've liked it better if it showed more of how the Sari is worn in the story rather than the endpapers.
Kayla Whitlock
Cute book from an international perspective. I love how you could use this for beginning readers. They could use the pictures to help with the text.
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