Review: Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Published by First Second on October 2017
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 176
Format: Physical Book
Source: Publisher
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3.5 Stars

Pashmina tells the story of an Indian-American girl who struggles to fit in at high school, then discovers more about her family's history with the help of her mother's magical pashmina.

I received this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A magical Pashmina helps young Pri to discover her family still in India and understand her mother and her move to America. I really enjoyed the artwork which was stylized in a sweet and lovely way, with firm lines and bright colors. I liked how the story moved from America to India and back again, allowing Pri to discover the differences between where her family came from and the life she has now.

Pri learns an understanding of the different life she leads and how different that would have been had her mother stayed in India. It’s story that is about girl empowerment, giving and teaching and hope. Bu tit’s also a story about a mother and a daughter, who don’t really understand each other. And how that changes with knowledge, communication and a magical Pashmina.

I liked the story and read it quickly, the art was my favorite part. I think a lot of young women out there and girls will enjoy Pri’s journey. It shows compassion and accepting of other’s cultures and how parents are people too! It got me thinking about my young daughter, how she sees me, and how I view my own mother.

I think I’ll call her today.