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Children's Fiction Girls & Women

Sari Sisters

by (author) Anitha Rao-Robinson

illustrated by Anoosha Syed

Penguin Young Readers Group
Initial publish date
Oct 2024
Girls & Women, Siblings, Clothing & Dress
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2024
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


Critically-acclaimed artist Anoosha Syed brings Anitha Rao-Robinson's stunning text to life in this story about getting dressed up and the enduring bonds between sisters.

Ruhi is ready for her weekend tradition: a dance party with her older sister, Kayra! Everything is ready to go--the music, the lights, the glitterballs--but where is Kayra?

Ruhi finds her sister getting ready for the weekly family gathering and carefully tying a sari for the first time. When Kayra emerges from her room, Ruhi is in awe of her sister and can't wait to wear a sari too. But her mother and sister say she's too young to carry all that fabric without tripping.

Ruhi fears that she's missing out on all the fun that her older sister and the aunties are having upstairs while she's in the basement with the other kids, so Ruhi comes up with an idea to loosen the adults up and bring everyone together: have a sari dance party! Ruhi spends all week learning to tie and pleat with her mom's saris so that she can show everyone the following weekend, and reignite her dance party tradition with her sister. But when the big moment arrives, Ruhi trips and her sari begins to unravel! Luckily her sister is there to help secure the fabric and get them back to their favorite tradition.

This beautifully written story by Anitha Rao-Robinson is about the tight-knit bond between sisters as they navigate adolescent milestones and the beauty of updating traditional customs for a modern audience, and features art by Anoosha Syed—the critically acclaimed and bestselling illustrator of That's Not My Name!, Bilal Cooks Daal, and I Am Perfectly Designed.

About the authors

Anitha Rao-Robinson received her Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and worked as an accountant for twenty-four years before trading numbers for words. Her previous works include Broken Worlds in 2014 and Broken Promises in 2017. Anitha is passionate about environmental awareness and hopes to continue to spread change.


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Anoosha Syed is a Pakistani Canadian character designer and the illustrator of over twenty books, including I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown, APALA honor book Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed, and her author/illustrator debut, That’s Not My Name! Some of her past clients include Netflix, Disney, Target, and Google. In her free time, Anoosha hosts a YouTube channel dedicated to free and accessible art and business education for aspiring illustrators. She lives in Toronto with her husband and cat.

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