cover image How to Wear a Sari

How to Wear a Sari

Darshana Khiani, illus. by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff. Versify, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-328-63520-4

Simple, multi-patterned line art drawings in a lively color palette by Lew-Vriethoff pilot young readers through Khiani’s winning guide to sari-wearing. Using the second-person perspective, the book opens with a line that will likely resonate with any reader: “Are you tired of being treated like a little kid?” The solution, the narrator opines, is to don a “colorful, twinkly, silky sari.” A light brown-skinned child with two dark pigtails visualizes each step of the process, from selecting a sari to properly pleating, draping, and accessorizing. A comedic late-act surprise concludes the how-to. Some lines feel slightly unrelatable (“They’ll stop to take photos, consult you for tips, and maybe even give you a contract”), but this picture book offers an enjoyable behind-the-scenes look at a South Asian staple. Ages 4–8. (June)