NADIA'S HANDS by Karen English


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Age Range: 5 - 8
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Nadia, a Pakistani-American girl, has been chosen to be the flower girl for Auntie Laila’s traditional wedding. Nadia will wear shalwar, or silky trousers, with a matching kameez on top. She’ll have her hair curled, and she’ll walk down the aisle, strewing flower petals left and right. Before the wedding, however, she’ll have her hands decorated with the mehndi, a dark red henna paste swirled into intricate designs, flowers, and stars. Everyone assumes that Nadia is thrilled, but she’s worried about Monday, when she’ll have to go to school with the indelible designs still on her hands. How the strength of time-honored traditions and the warmth and love of a large extended family transform Nadia’s feelings about her hands make an affecting—though somewhat abruptly resolved’story. Weiner’s pastel illustrations amplify the text; he shows Nadia’s ambivalence in her face and posture, and conveys both her pleasure at her important role in the wedding, and her reluctance to be different at school. When she comes to terms with those fears, her smile is radiant. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 1-56397-667-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Boyds Mills
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1999


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