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Indian-American teen, Priyanka "Pri" Das, attempts to reconnect with her mother's homeland through a magical pashmina shawl. Presented in comic book format. 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 and 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.
Publisher: New York :, First Second,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9781626720879
Branch Call Number: GN FIC Chana
Characteristics: 161 pages :,chiefly colour illustrations ;,22 cm


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Oct 31, 2018

Loved this book! Explores identity, layered cultural experiences, coming of age, immigration, labor rights, feminism, and more! Would highly recommend to any middle grade or YA reader.

NeelamReads Sep 24, 2018

Pashmina is the story of an Indian-American teenage girl, named Priyanka Das, who lives with her single mother. Although she’s curious about India and her father, her mother consistently avoids these topics. However, when she finds a magical Pashmina that can transport her to India, Priyanka begins to journey to her mother’s homeland and find the answers to her questions. Along the way, she also learns about managing her cross-cultural identity and the challenges faced by women. Ultimately, her experiences empower her to be confident in who she is and make her voice heard.

ArapahoeKathrynR Jul 24, 2018

This Middle Grade story follows Pashmina as she deals with a crisis of identity. She is Indian, but she doesn't know anything about life in India. Through the aid of a magical scarf, she finds a way to explore her heritage and discovers the truth of her family and their arrival in America.

TechLibrarian May 14, 2018

Priyanka finds a magic pashmina in an old suitcase, which ultimately helps her to learn about her family's past and her own identity. This short graphic novel was cute and a quick read, ideal for preteens.

samcmar Feb 03, 2018

This was such a magically little book that explores a family’s immigration story through a magic pashmina. This graphic novel was so heartwarming and comfortable, and while I am not Indian and have not had what happen to Priyanka’s family, the author does an amazing job of getting the read to empathize with the experiences in the story. The art was adorable and vibrant as well. Definitely worth checking out if you love graphic novels.

JCLChrisK Nov 28, 2017

A young teen, daughter of an immigrant, struggles to figure out who she is by exploring her mother's past with the help of a magical shawl. A nicely told and illustrated story.

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Sep 28, 2018

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