Books by Nina Sabnani

MY MOTHER’S SARI by Sandhya Rao
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

In this simple story, minimal text explains what a sari looks like and describes some of the uses to which a child might put it. As children dance, hide, climb, wipe their noses and sleep in their mothers' long and brightly colored saris, it becomes clear that saris—and by extension, their children's mothers—play an important part in the children's lives. Originally published in India, the story does not explain that saris are worn as clothing, although the endpapers do include visual and written instructions on how to tie a sari in the traditional manner. Overall, the text feels a bit vague and random, and it is unclear whether a sari is a multi-purpose object or whether the children are simply playing with saris in different ways. The accompanying collages, which combine photographs of saris with drawings and paintings of Indian children, are generally appealing but sometimes awkward. Nonetheless, readers whose mothers wear saris will find something familiar here and identify with the youngsters pictured, while others may find their interest piqued. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >