My Name is Saajin Singh is an empowering children’s story about the importance of pronouncing names properly and celebrates cultural identity.
Saajin loves his name – he loves it so much that he sees it spelled out in the world around him in his snacks, in the sky and sometimes he even signs it aloud.
On his first day of school, Saajin is excited to meet his new classmates, but things take a turn when the teacher mispronounces his name as Say-jin and he is not sure how – or if he should – correct her. After trying to live with the different version of his name for a while and some thoughtful conversations with his family about the meaning behind it. Saajin realizes the importance of reclaiming his name and embracing his identity.
My Name is Saajin Singh is an empowering story that can resonate with any reader who has ever felt misunderstood.
Our name is an important part of ourselves, and it is always great to let someone know how to pronounce it. We love learning how to say someone’s name, especially learning how they got their name too. Every name has its own story and we loved learning about Saajin’s name!
For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this book 5 stars out of 5! A great conversation starter on what makes a name special, unique and the cultural importance of them too. We loved how the author included a little extra piece in the book about the Sikhs common practice of picking names. It is done at the temple, also known as the Gurdwara, for a naming ceremony called Naam Karan. There is a beautiful process in the name selection, and we loved learning about it in the added bonus in the book.
We recommend this book for ages four to seven and if you would like to purchase a copy of this book, click here.
About the Author and Illustrator
Kuljinder Kaur Brar is an elementary teacher. She lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia and this is her first book. She has a son named Saajin who inspired the story.
Samrath Kaur is an illustrator and background painter. This is his first book. He lives in Boston.
Until next time…Happy Parenting!
*This book was provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.