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My Dadima wears a Sari

line My Dadima wears a Sari
by Kashmira Sheth (Author), Yoshiko Jaeggi (Illustrator)

A Warm Generational story!


Little Rupa wonders why her “Dadima” (grandma) wears her traditional Indian outfit, her Sari. She notices her dadima wears it every day. She wears them all day and wears them every where. Her saris are bright and colorful and cheerful.  But it makes Rupa curious.. why does her dadima wear only saris?

So she asks “Dadima, don’t you ever feel like wearing something other than saris? What can you do with a sari?” So Dadima explains..

How she can use her “pallu” (the end of her sari) to cool her on a hot summer’s day.

My dadima wears a sari fan

 And how her sari can help carry all the seashells that Rupa collects

 My dadima wears a sari seashells

And how her sari can quickly protect her from falling raindrops!

My dadima wears a sari umrella


“Dadima wears a Sari” is a wonderful heartwarming tale about a tradition followed by women for generations in India. Gently told, the story is easily relatable. So many girls love to dress up and look for ideas and examples around them. In this tale, little Rupa and her sister see their grandma wearing something unique, something beautiful and become curious about her habit of wearing a sari.

We loved the gentle water color illustrations and the warm colors. The sway of dadima’s sari reminded us of our own collection sitting in the wardrobe! Can you guess how we decided to spend the rest of our evening? Smile

This review is part of celebrating Multicultral Children’s Book Day. We believe diversity in reading children’s literature helps expose the world to our kids, make them tolerant of differences and create empathy and awareness that is so much in need today.

More about Multicultral Children’s Book Day:MCBD


Our mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.

Children’s reading and play advocates Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom teamed up in late 2013 to create an ambitious (and much needed) national event. On January 27th, 2015 this dynamic duo will be hosting yet another Multicultural Children’s Book Day as a way of celebrating diversity in children’s books.

The Multicultural Children’s Book Day team hopes to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along via book reviews, author visits, multicultural booklists and visit the huge multicultural book review link-up that will occur on the MCCBD website 1/27/15.

Here are some ways you can help us celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day

  • Visit The Multicultural Children’s Book Day website and view our booklists, reading resources and other useful multicultural information.
  • Visit our Multicultural Books for Kids Pinterest Board for more reading ideas.
  • Have children bring in their favorite multicultural book to school on this day and share it with the class.
  • Watch for the #ReadYourWorld hashtag on social media and share.
  • Visit our Diversity Book Lists and Resources for Educators and Parents on our website.
  • Visit MCCBD sponsors (you can find them HERE)
  • Create a Multicultural Children’s Book Day display around the classroom or library.
  • Visit The Multicultural Children’s Book Day website on January 27th to view and participate in our huge blogger link-up, multicultural book reviews, giveaways and more!

Other Fun Details:

2015 Sponsors include Platinum Sponsors: Wisdom Tales Press, Daybreak Press Global BookshopGold Sponsors:  Satya House,,   Author Stephen Hodges and the Magic PoofSilver SponsorsJunior Library Guild,  Capstone PublishingLee and Low Books,  The Omnibus PublishingBronze Sponsors:Double Dutch Dolls,Bliss Group BooksSnuggle with Picture Books Publishing,  Rainbow Books,   Author FeliciaCapers,   Chronicle Books   Muslim Writers Publishing ,East West Discovery Press.


  1. What a beautiful story to help kids appreciate their own heritage and that of others! Thank you so much for sharing your great review and joining us at Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

  2. I read this book several years ago. I am so happy you reviewed it for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. It’s a beautiful story. I want to read it again! Thanks for sharing!


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