Ammi weaves the most beautiful saris but never gets to wear any of them. Her two little daughters decide to do something about it―break their piggy bank! But when there isn’t enough money to buy Ammi a sari, the two girls must work together to find a solution. Will they be able to buy Ammi the gift she so deserves?
With a text full of heart, and bright, cheerful artwork, this story brings readers into the home of a weaver’s family in Kaithoon, India, where the creation of saris is an art form. The book includes a glossary of Indian terms and a note about the saris made in this region.
According to the author’s note, the protagonists are part of a Muslim community of weavers that migrated from the Indian state of Karnataka to settle in Rajasthan in the 17th and 18th centuries. 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 Reviews
Publisher: Amazon Crossing Kids
Format: Hardcover | 32 pages