Sonya Sahni and the First Grade


This wonderful children's book should be required reading for youngsters and adults alike. Through the eyes of Sonya Sahni, the author tells the story of every child who has felt "different" and wants to fit in. The message, about embracing diversity and learning to value ourselves, is timely and much needed. My granddaughter loved it and I did, too

Benny Fitz

Director of High Fives, Apple

5 Stars. This story follows an Indian American grade school girl’s growing discomfort at being from teased about her classic Indian clothing, culture and diet. The wise teacher proposes a peaceful solution by embracing the many different cultures from which the students have come—an International Day at school. Alleviating Sonya’s discomfort and the probable unstated discomfort of other first generation American students, this subtle story resolves powerfully by defusing potential stronger acts of bullying amongst young students. Pleasantly, dramatically and colorfully illustrated by Tim Williams. Recommended for family reading time, this book shares an important message for our turbulent times. Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ebook for review.

Tess Timonial

Head of Potatoes, The Internet

Sonya Sahni and the First Grade by Soma Mandal is a wonderful book geared towards those young, international children who are struggling to fit in.

This book addresses the desire of most children to fit in. This is not easy when your culture at home differs drastically from that of your fellow students.

Sonya Sahni and the First Grade is well-written and is colorfully illustrated. We feel that this book is deserving of all five stars.

We would love to see this develop into a series of books where Sonya Sahni learns a little more in-depth about the mainstream American culture in different regions of the country (South, East, North, West) as well as other international cultures.

We feel that Sonya Sahni and the First Grade provides a great first step towards understanding other cultures. The idea presented in the book about International Day is spot on and should be followed in all public schools in the United States.

Hugh Canduit

Chief Ranch Dressing Advisor