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Pashmina

by Nidhi Chanani

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A Junior Library Guild Selection 2017 Amazon Top Twenty Children's Book of the Year 2017 Amazon Best Book of the month December 2017 Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017 Texas Maverick Graphic Novel 2017 Northern California Indie Bookseller Association Long-List Title Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri's mom avoids these questions--the topic of India is permanently closed. For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she's ever dared and find the family she never knew. In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds. This title has Common Core connections.… (more)
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This was a sweet story that felt like a good read-alike for [b: The First Rule of Punk|32050089|The First Rule of Punk|Celia C. Pérez|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1497633275s/32050089.jpg|52689581] (though, obviously, about Indian culture instead of Mexican). It's about a girl and her mom and extended family, where they butt heads, and how the present is built out of the past. Plus: adorable elephant alert! ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
I loved this. ( )
  livingtech | Mar 18, 2020 |
Beautiful middle grade graphic novel. Where Priyanka pushes to learn about her family in India. ( )
  untitled841 | Jul 24, 2019 |
Priyanka doesn't want her life to change, but it does. She wants to know about her mother's life in India and about her father. She finds a magic shawl that seems to show here the beauty of India. Finally, she travels there to stay with her aunt and learns about her family. ( )
  lilibrarian | Feb 7, 2019 |
Teen-aged Priyanka loves making comics and spending time with her extended 'family' (an uncle and aunt who are actually just friends of her mother. The latter is threatened by the arrival of a new baby in the family. Meanwhile, Priyanka is determined to learn more about the father she never knew as well as about her mother's past life in India, despite years of her mother staying mum on those two subjects. One day, Priyanka comes across a suitcase full of her mother's old things, including a pashmina scarf. Whenever Priyanka dons the scarf, she is transported to India -- but is this what India is really like?

There were a lot of things I liked about this book, including the gorgeous artwork that alternates between black-and-white, sepia, and full color, depending on what part of the story is being told. I also loved the magical realism, the relationship between the various family members, the subtle message about the rights and choices of women being respected, and the meta-references to the art of making comics. Where I thought the book faltered a little was on expanding some of these themes. Overall though, I was impressed by the author's first foray into graphic novels. My one big quibble is that Priyanka seems to have romantic feelings for one of her teachers, which was inappropriate and unnecessary to the rest of the story being told. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Jan 3, 2019 |
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A Junior Library Guild Selection 2017 Amazon Top Twenty Children's Book of the Year 2017 Amazon Best Book of the month December 2017 Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017 Texas Maverick Graphic Novel 2017 Northern California Indie Bookseller Association Long-List Title Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri's mom avoids these questions--the topic of India is permanently closed. For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she's ever dared and find the family she never knew. In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds. This title has Common Core connections.

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