The sari Mother wears every day is sometimes a train,
sometimes a river, or a swing, or a hiding place... Children
have a way of seeing things differently! The pictures too break
away from conventional depictions of both sari and children,
combining photographs and acrylic in dramatic, original ways.
The spare text weaves and winds between this visual interplay
of children, colours and textures, to create the mood-filled
world of My Mother's Sari.
The US edition of the book was selected by United States Board
on Books for Young People (USBBY) and the Children's Book
Council as one of the Outstanding International Books for 2007.
Sandhya Rao is an Editor with Tulika Publishers and one of the
finest children's writers in India today. She has written over 20
books, including My Friend, the Sea which won a special award
at the Berlin Children and Youth Literature Festival 2005. She is
also a translator, with the passionate belief that translating
stories from different cultures and sensibilities will help bring
Nina Sabnani is an independent illustrator and filmmaker,
currently associated with the Industrial Design Centre, IIT
Bombay. She taught for many years at the National Institute of
Design, Ahmadabad. She has written and illustrated several
books for children, of which Mukand and Riaz and My Mother's
Sari have won international acclaim. She has also created a
unique stand-up book called Home, inspired by the traditional
'kaavad' used by storytellers in Rajasthan.
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