Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Sona and the Wedding Game by Kashmira Sheth


Sona's big sister is getting married and she's been given an important job to do. She has to steal the groom's shoes. She's never attended a wedding before, so she's unfamiliar with this Indian tradition as well as many of the other magical experiences that will occur before and during the special event. But with the assistance of her annoying cousin Vishal, Sona finds a way to steal the shoes and get a very special reward.


Kashmira Sheth is the author of the picture books Monsoon Afternoon and My Dadima Wears a Sari, as well as the award-winning young adult novels Blue Jasmine and Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet. She lives in Wisconsin.

You can visit Kashmira Sheth’s website here.


Yoshiko Jaeggi's work has appeared in Cricket Magazine. She is the illustrator of Monsoon Afternoon and My Dadima Wears a Sari. She lives in Maryland.


I always look forward to books like this one because they introduce me to traditions outside of my own.  And Sona and the Wedding Game is a delightful introduction to some of the traditions related to Indian weddings.  I appreciated the author's note at the end that explained her own experiences with Indian weddings, where the idea for the book came from and the fact that different areas and people of Indian practice differing traditions.

Sona is excited to be a part of her sister's wedding, but when she is told that as a part of the ceremony she is supposed to steal the groom's shoes, she becomes uncertain about her role.  But with the help of a mischievous cousin, she just might pull it off and bargain for something she wants to boot. The details of the wedding are smoothly integrated into the telling of the story making it flow really well.  The detailed illustrations are fascinating and offer a glimpse into the work that goes into making the wedding such an amazing event.  A fun, informative book about children being children within the traditions of their culture.  I also thought it was an interesting note that Sona isn't completely familiar with the Indian wedding traditions because she's never been to one before.  This reminds the reader that so much of what we consider culture is learned and that if it isn't taught it will in time be lost.

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