Sahara’s Special Senses

SAHARA Khan is a determined, strong, and courageous girl. She has an epic vision of becoming a chef — and nothing can stop her. Find out how Sahara develops her senses and learns to use them in the kitchen. Join her in an epic journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

Tagline: I am fearless. I am strong. I am tough.

Book information

Publisher: Armour Publishing

Series: Live To Inspire

Published: 2020

Author: Eva Wong Nava

Illustrator: Debasmita Dasgupta

ISBN: 978-981-48-0790-6

Extent: 32 pages

Dimension: 240 x 210 mm

Finish: Paperback

Rating: Children’s picture book

Review: 5-star review from Readers’ Favorite

Sahara’s Special Senses by Eva Wong Nava is heartwarming and will encourage all children with disabilities to become strong, tough, and determined, and pursue their dreams. It is an excellent book for educators and parents to read out to kids to motivate them to dream big, develop their senses and learn to use them to their advantage despite their disabilities.

Mamta Madhavan, Readers’ Favorite

Review: Life and Times in Bangalore.

Praise for S A H A R A ‘ s S P E C I A L S E N S E S

As a blind chef, I love seeing elements of myself in this book. It’s important children grow up reading about those who are like them and learning about those who are NOT like them, too—it’s the way we move towards a more inclusive society. Adults can also enjoy Sahara’s Special Senses with the factoids included at the end. This book is for everybody.” — Christine Hà, Author and Celebrity Chef

This is a beautifully told and illustrated story about a determined young girl who learns to develop her senses – reading this book, you’ll taste the spices, hear the bread baking and want to devour everything Sahara eats.” – Ann Mah, bestselling author of The Lost Vintage

What a beautiful story. The beautiful innocence and strength of a little girl shines through. She is surrounded by loved ones who choose to focus on her capabilities and empowering her every step of the way. Regardless of our circumstances, we should all do the same—focus on what we can do and not what we can’t.” — Audra Morrice, Masterchef and author of My Kitchen Your Table and Cook and Feast

A beautiful story that corroborates the power of attraction—what you desire will happen. The perception of memories is often stronger than instinct. Eva demonstrates that the education of taste, at all levels, is the key to a fulfilling life.” — Mathieu Escoffier, Director and Chef, Ma Cuisine (Singapore and Beaune) 

A fascinating story. Sahara’s aspirations to become what she desires, using every good thing she has, not letting her limitations stop her–inspires me to tell Sahara’s story to all I meet.” — Joshua Chegne How Poon, Executive Director of the Singapore Association of Visually Handicapped

Where to Buy Your Book:

Sahara’s Special Senses is available at Armour Publishing. A stack will be found at Popular Bookstore Singapore, with a bunch at all good bookstores, where delicious children’s books can be found.

Sahara Khan can now be found on Amazon.

Artwork by Debasmita Dasgupta of The Boy Who Talks in Bits and Bobs.


Download and print a colouring sheet of Sahara and colour in your own version of Sahara.

Be Fearless. Be Strong. Be Tough.

Sahara for colouring, courtesy of Debasmita Dasgupta

Author Visits & Talks

Eva is available for virtual author talks for Sahara’s Special Senses. Let her take your students on a sensory tour of this picture book with a writing activity, a delicious word search, and a spicy craft for younger ones. EYFS & Key Stage 1 resources available.

Contact her for a resource pack ahead of the visit: