Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sona and the Wedding Game Written by Kashmira Sheth Illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN13: 9781561457359
Peachtree Publishers - Ages 4008
Hardcover $16.95
About the book: 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.

My thoughts: Chat With Vera reviews Christian and secular children's books - biographies, non-fiction, fiction, picture books, etc. In reviewing Sona and the Wedding Game, I realized it was multi-cultural and expected it to show the beauty and diversity of cultures and especially weddings. I was not, however, expecting an introduction to the Hindu religion and their god, Lord Ganesh. This is fine with me as it can be an excellent teaching tool for the parent that wishes to use it as such.

The story is sweet, as weddings usually are sweet, and the story is so beautifully illustrated to show the wealth and beauty of this culture.

Weddings are always thrilling for children with all the beauty and pageantry that they entail. The opportunity to glimpse into another culture's wedding traditions is certainly a must-do for a child. In Sona and the Wedding Game, young children get just that opportunity!

The tradition of stealing the grooms shoes is something in the Indian culture and a child is to do it.  This is a game and meant to be fun. As Sona goes about solving how she can do this, the beauty of the wedding permeates. As the illustrations show the beautiful colors and luxury of the wedding celebration.

Children will be entertained, educated, and will enjoy this book as they expand their knowledge of different cultures.
Begins May 6 & ENDS May 26 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT. 
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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.

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.

DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Peachtree Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are solely mine and I was not compensated for the review.


  1. We had a small wedding and since I had begun a new job two weeks earlier, our honeymoon was limited to a one night stay at a nice hotel about 60 miles away. This was December 14 and our wedding was at 7. We left the church in a snow storm and freezing temperatures and after driving a few miles, decided on a closer destination. We returned home only to find frozen water pipes. Some might say we were jinxed but we will celebrate 47 years of marriage December, 2015. Think we will keep each other!

  2. I was a bride's maid at one of my best friend's weddings. She passed out at the alter and we had to wait till she revived till we could go on with the services. It was nerves, I guess!

  3. I think the book Stripes of All Types / Rayas de todas las tallas
    Written & Illustrated by Susan sounds really cool.

  4. No not yet :) check back with me spring 2016 :) <3

  5. I was over an hr late to my wedding and people were starting to leave lol

  6. Spectacular Spots looks like a fun read my kids would enjoy

  7. When we got married, about 10 of our friends had gotten married over the previous 2 years...and a few before that. Their weddings were in all different places. We were living in DC at the time, but didn't want to have the wedding there (mostly because it would have been so expensive!). And we wanted it somewhere our friends hadn't gotten married...somewhere new. We ended up getting married in Plymouth, the oldest church in America! Our friends & we had such a great weekend there!


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