A Kurta to Remember

Tomorrow is moving day and one little girl worries about moving so far, far away from her Aaji and Ajoba. But Aaji gifts her with a handmade kurta. A kurta with two big pockets for holding all the small things that will remind the girl of her grandparents--from the mogra flowers in Aaji's hair to Ajoba's diya. Then the girl has an even better idea and helps Aaji make two more kurtas with pockets she can fill to remind her grandparents of her too. When finally they are on other sides of a big ocean, they put on their kurtas--and do not feel so far, far away from one another. This touching story about worry and loving reassurance is part of our Own Voices, Own Stories collection.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Dewey E
Lexile 570L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level O
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781534113107), PDF (9781668936115), Hosted ebook (9781668936146)
Copyright 2024
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 11 x 9
Graphics Full-color illustrations

Donovan's Literary Services - A Kurta to Remember

Insights on staying connected to extended family and friends and ways of making sure lives remain engaged and meaningful accompany all sorts of insights on India’s culture, with references to Marathi words expanding a child’s insights on Indian traditions and heritage.

Kirkus Review - A Kurta to Remember

A tender tribute to the importance of preserving memories of one’s homeland.

Kirkus Review - A Kurta to Remember

A tender tribute to the importance of preserving memories of one’s homeland.

Author: Gauri Dalvi Pandya

After working in the advertising industry as a writer in three countries (India, Malaysia, South Africa) Gauri has found her joy in writing for children. A KURTA TO REMEMBER is her debut picture book. Born and raised in India, Gauri proudly carries her culture with her wherever she goes. She illustrates content for a program called SHINE (Spiritual Heritage of India for Next-Generation Empowerment) that shares the wonders and glory of India with children. Gauri now lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter. You can find her on Instagram @giddymum where she showcases her upside-down world of parenting. You can even listen to her podcast - Things I Learn from Children’s Picture Books on Spotify.

Illustrator: Avani Dwivedi

Original artwork
Full-color illustrations