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Author : Mamta Nainy
Illustrator : Sandhya Prabhat
Ammi weaves the most beautiful sarees, but never gets to wear any of them. Her two little daughters decide to do something about it – break their piggy bank! But is there enough in it to buy Ammi her very own saree? This gentle story goes into the home of a weaver’s family, and lets warmth and affection add colour to their lives. Engaging visual details in vivid shades complement the simple, elegant text for a touch and feel experience of a village in Kota, Rajasthan, its sarees and its people.
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|Specifications||28 pages; 8.5” x 9.5”; black and white; soft cover|
|Tags||family, gift, weaving, saree, textiles, mothers and daughters, generosity, surprise|
This universal story of a loving family working together to care for and support each other, and of generous children who cleverly find ways to express their love, is highly recommended. SLJ review
Sweet and gentle story
The sweet and gentle story organically integrates details about the daily lives of these skilled and rarely represented craftspeople. The cartoonlike illustrations are full of color, texture, and detail. This delightful picture book shines a spotlight on a rural, underrepresented Indian Muslim community. Kirkus review
This gentle story goes into the home of a weaver’s family, and lets warmth and affection add colour to their lives. The visuals present in the book are super engaging and colourful, keeping the interest of children intact. The words have been kept simple enough for children to understand. Taranpreet Trehan, @mommyandbabybug
A ‘full of heart’ story
Along the way, the story gave us plenty to learn too…. History… Geography… Art… Diversity... This book brought so much to the library table!!! I loved Mamta Nainy’s story and Sandhya Prabhats illustrations brought out all the colours of Rajasthan in eye popping detail! @mythaunty, library educator
From a writer's reading nook
I self-soothe by reading children's literature… Ammiku Oru Pudavai/A Saree For Ammi takes the gentlest touch to themes of class and labour, with vibrant images. @sharanya_manivannan, writer
A platform to discuss crucial issues with children
A Saree for Ammi raises the issue of the economic divide. A daughter of weaver parents’ wonders “Ammi makes so many sarees, but she doesn’t wear any of them”. For a book that primarily caters to children (5+ says the cover) this is welcome indeed... The young and enterprising girls are judged, advised, preached to by none as we flip pages. The text and the illustrations gel together. The eyes, especially, are eye-catching! Nimesh Ved
Lots to relate to
Kaithoon, a village in northern India renowned for its handmade saris, is brought vividly to life by the bold colors and patterns in the artwork, echoing the vibrant saris in almost every scene. Children will find lots to relate to in this story about sisterly teamwork that emphasizes the perennial joy of gift giving…” — Booklist review