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How to Wear a Sari

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Sparkling with voice and charm, this picture book about a fashionable kid out to prove she’s not as small as everyone thinks is perfect for kids eager to grow up, and for those who love to play dress-up.

Being a little kid isn’t always fun and games. Sometimes, it’s downright annoying.

When a little girl tires of being treated like she’s TOO little, she sets out to prove to
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 22nd 2021 by Versify (first published 2020)
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Hope Lim
May 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
How to Wear a Sari is about a girl who gets tired of being treated like a little kid and wants to show that she can do grown-up things. All she needs is Sari, and she is set to go. After some trial and error, and a bit of persistence, she finally succeeds, not only wearing Sari perfectly but also creating a memorable experience. This story is very child-friendly, reflecting on the inner-working of a child’s mind and the ending is unexpected but its humorous twist will surely bring out a smile in ...more
Sita Singh
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This adorable story is about a girl who is tired of being treated like a little kid and wants to feel all grown up by wearing a sari just like her mom and aunties. From choosing the right one to wrapping it the right way, the little girl is determined to prove that she is not too little to accomplish anything she sets her mind to. Told in a charming second-person voice, Darshana Khiani’s delightful text pairs excellently with Joanne Lew-Vriethoff’s vibrant art. HOW TO WEAR A SARI is a heartwarmi ...more
Charlotte Offsay
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
How to Wear A Sari is a heartwarming and humorous story about a young girl who wants to be big now. She decides that mastering wearing her mother's sari is sure to prove once and for all that she isn't as small as everyone thinks. With a wonderfully heartwarming and relatable twist at the end, this is the perfect picture book about growing up, embracing mistakes, and being in the moment. ⁠ ...more
Jillian Heise
A charming book about not only saris, but family traditions and young ones being sick of being told they're too little to do big kid/grown up things. The joyful illustrations enhance the how-to element that makes this book an extra delight, made more relatable through the second person narration.
Pair with other how-to stories, cultural clothing stories, or books about not being "little" or the rights of passage to being more grown in a community or family.
Abi Cushman
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This story is so much fun. I love the cheeky voice of the narrator as the little girl powers through putting on a sari. I think whether or not kids have tried to wear a sari before or not, this story is so relatable because kids are always trying to do things by themselves to prove their independence and maturity. The somewhat disastrous results at the end are so hilarious and heartwarming. I think this story would pair really well with I Am Famous, also illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff, whic ...more
Lindsay Metcalf
Jun 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! Such a sweet introduction to saris for all children. The second-person, instructive voice lends humor and brings out the universal desire of a child to act like the grown-ups around them. The flowing but fun illustrations by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff convey the vibrancy of the MC's mother's sari collection. A beautiful addition to any picture book collection! ...more
Angela Burke
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
A dress-up story with a cultural twist! In this "how-to" book, the reader is directly addressed with the steps of how to wear a grown-up, glamorous sari like "aunties everywhere." As with most firsts the kids long to do, things go predictably awry. Cute and colorful. ...more
Sarah W
Jun 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So cute and laugh out loud funny. The colorful illustrations added so much too.
Julie Rowan-Zoch
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Isabella Kung
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is such a playful and fabulous book! This story centers around a girl who has grown tired of being treated like a little kid, a feeling we can all relate to. To win her family's respect, she is determined to wear a sari, just like the adults do. After searching through countless pattern-filled choices and with the help of her dog, she finds the most gorgeous sari of all. While she struggles initially to get the wrapping, tucking, and pleating just right, she never gives up and wears it like ...more
Melanie Ellsworth
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Children will relate to this book and the theme of wanting to do something that is considered too grown up for them. How to Wear a Sari depicts this struggle in such a fun way, as the young girl tries to wear a sari just like her mom and aunties. Readers who haven’t worn a sari before will learn about each step, and children will laugh at the humor as the child struggles through the process. The message of a child embracing her culture and persisting in something important to her resonates in a ...more
Carrie Finison
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In this charming story, a little girl goes rooting through her mom's collection of saris so that she can try one on and show how grown up she is. It turns out the intricacies of wearing a sari are a little more than she bargained for, but with some determination and help (from her adorable pup) she perseveres and finally gets it right - sort of! Anyone who loves dressing up in swishy clothes and dancing in front of the mirror - or family - will relate to the exuberant and joyful text and illustr ...more
Kristi Wright
Jun 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
How To Wear a Sari is such a sweet and funny picture book. It warmed my heart with its spunky main character who is determined to wear her first sari even if it's too big AND from her mom's closet. Darshana Khiani's words had me giggling out loud and her main character warmed my heart, the way she was determined to prove she was not as small as everyone thought she was. Joanne Lew-Vriethoff's illustrations are fabulous. They bring so much to the story with their humor and specificity.

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Katie Reilley
Jul 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author & publisher for sharing a copy with #bookexpedition.

Tired of being told you’re too small and ready to show the world that you’re a big kid? This charming picture book is a “how-to” guide on wearing a colorful sari, showing the adults you know exactly what you’re doing!

Told in second person, this story follows our main character as she goes through the steps of selecting and dressing in a beautiful sari. The colorful illustrations show her struggles and successes as she
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In this highly relatable book, a girl tries to prove how grown up she is by donning a sari. She struggles to get the tucks and pleats just right (with the help of an adorable dog, of course). When she's through she grabs her mom's high heels and jewelry but let's just say things don't exactly go as planned. Khiani's humor shines, while Lew-Vriethoff's colorful illustrations bring the scene to life. This book is perfect for fans of FANCY NANCY. As a nonfiction nerd, I would have loved back matter ...more
Kelly Carey
I used to love it when a dance or gym teacher pulled out a big bin of scarves to play with and young readers will be begging to experiment with a scarf or a real sari after reading HOW TO WEAR A SARI by Darshana Khiani. The pages are decorated with flowing patterned saris as our young protagonist gets advice from the narrator on how to use a sari to feel grown up. Spoiler alert – it doesn’t always go perfectly. If you read this book and have saris in your house, be prepared to share! If you don’ ...more
Tina Athaide
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous unique take on determination and persevere as the main character sets out to prove that she's not too little and is capable of anything that she sets her mind to accomplishing. With lively and engaging text and illustrations, young readers will be cheering the main character as she battles the six yards of sari fabric. This is a great book to introduce readers to a cultural aspect of clothing they may not be familiar with.

Thank you Edelweiss and publisher for an ARC.
Vicky Fang
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
HOW TO WEAR A SARI is such a cute book about a girl who just want to be a little bit grown-up! The story shows the struggles and successes of a girl as she tries to dress up in a grown-up sari. The text is fun and the illustrations are beautiful. Overall, this book is sweet, relatable, and gorgeous.
Candy Wellins
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
All kids will relate to this story about individuality and independence. The protagonist wants to show she’s big enough, old enough, capable enough so she decides to start wearing a sari. Of course, grown up things are never as easy as they seem and learning that is part of growing up. Beautifully written.
Joana Pastro
May 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This picture book is absolutely adorable, and oh so relatable! The main character sets out to prove that she’s not a little kid by putting on a sari all by herself. That proves to be a lot harder them expected, and the funniest situations ensue. Get ready to read this joyful, heartwarming and hilarious picture book over and over again!
Elisa Boxer
Jul 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
A spunky, spirited look at growing up, dressing up, slipping up... and standing up! This book brought back fun memories of playing dress-up as a kid. The main character trying to get the hang of her sari is relatable and adorably portrayed in the colorful illustrations. It's a how-to with deeper themes of finding the joy in imperfection! ...more
Trying to prove how grown up she is, a little girl tries to figure out how to put a sari on. Unfortunately, the sari is far too big for her. In her exuberance to show her family, she trips on the sari and falls in front of her extended family. Her parents aren’t too happy with her, but her grandparents laugh along with her.
Rajani LaRocca
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An adorable book about a little girl who wants to feel all grown up by wearing a sari! Told in a spunky second-person voice and illustrated with sweet and humorous art that plays off the text, HOW TO WEAR A SARI is about trying hard, messing up, and fitting in anyway. It's sparkly fun! ...more
Jul 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever been told you’re too small? Do you want to prove that you’re a grown up? This is a cute story about a little girl, ready to grow up and be noticed. She tells how to be grown up by explaining how to wear a “colorful, twinkly, silky sari.” #BookPosse
Jul 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This humorous and heartfelt book is filled with all the things kids want hear about how they can be capable like adults. Set in a funny, how-to fashion and complimented with wonderful illustrations, this will be a hit for every kid!
Darlene Ivy
Jul 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The struggle to grow up and be taken seriously is more complicated when the grown up you want to be wears a sari. Humorous. Actually good instructions on how to wear a sari. Great process and action illustrations.
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
A light-hearted "how-to" book that is sure to delight readers, whether they've tried to wear a sari or not! Relatable, bright, and charming. ...more
Jun 24, 2021 added it
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Hard as she tries, she still trips over the sari and makes it into the family hall of fame of silly occurrences.
Jun 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Grown-up clothes for a girl to show she's not so little prove to be harder to get just right than she had anticipated. Love the colorful illustrations! ...more
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Darshana Khiani is a computer engineer by day and a children’s writer by night. She is an Indian American who enjoys writing funny, light-hearted stories with a South Asian backdrop. When she isn’t working or writing she can be found hiking, skiing, or volunteering. How to Wear a Sari is her debut picture book. For more information about Darshana Khiani, visit her at

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