My Mother’s Sari


Author: Sandhya Rao
Illustrated by Nina Sabnani

9788181464644 | Centre Stapled | pp. 24 | 2006 | Tulika Publishers

A child’s imagination transforms a sari into a train, a river, a swing… and many things magical. The unconventional pictures combine photographs and acrylics in dramatic, original ways.

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The sari Mother wears everyday 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, colors and textures, to create the mood-filled world of My Mother’s Sari. The US edition of the book has been selected for Outstanding International Books for 2007, a cooperative project of the United States Board on Books for Young People and the Children’s Book Council, USA.

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Author: Sandhya Rao
Illustrator: Nina Sabnani




Tulika Publishers


Centre Stapled



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About the Author

Sandhya Rao is Senior Editor at Tulika Publishers. One of the finest writers for children in India today, her books have won awards and accolades: My Friend the Sea won the Ambitious Children’s Book Project award at the Berlin Children and Youth Literature Festival, 2005. My Mother’s Sari was chosen as an Outstanding International Book, 2007, by the United States Board for Books for Young People (USBBY) and the Children’s Book Council. Rights to the book have been sold for USA, Canada, Australia and the U.K.
But what Sandhya cherishes most is that she has been able to follow her dream doing books for children. For this, she cheerfully gave up a promising career in mainstream journalism and joined longtime friend Radhika to create multilingual books for children at a time when independent children’s publishing in India was nascent. She has written over 20 books and translated Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstrump into Hindi. Sandhya has an eclectic taste in books, music and films and likes to ‘make’ things. She loves listening to stories, especially real stories. She occasionally writes for The Hindu-Business Line and Housecalls. She enjoys different kinds of vegetarian cuisine and lives in Chennai. Sweden is her heart’s home.


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