Diwali is the festival of light…

Title: Let’s Celebrate Diwali
Author: Anjali Joshi
Illustrator: Tim Palin
Rating: 8
Readability: 9
Source:
Bharat Babies for review

Description:

Meet Harini’s multi-cultural class in this children’s book aimed at kids aged 3 and up. Harini is excited to share her Diwali story, but she quickly learns that she’s not the only one! Join Harini as she learns about Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist Diwali traditions in this colorful, engaging tale from teacher/author Anjali Joshi and illustrator Tim Palin. This diverse children’s book from publisher Bharat Babies helps introduce your child to the wonderful festival of Diwali which is celebrated around the world. Set in a classroom, this story is perfect for parents, teachers and caregivers alike. Approved by the Hindu American Foundation as a premier text for children to learn about the festival of Diwali. Follow the rest of Harini’s adventures in Hanuman and the Orange Sun , Bharat Babies flagship book.

What I Thought:

This was a fabulous look at the different ways people celebrate Diwali!

I knew very little (okay virtually nothing) about Diwali before I read this book, and it did an excellent job of explaining it to the reader. I had no idea that Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Bhuddists all celebrated the same holiday with such varying traditions and that they all told such fascinating stories about its origins.

I loved that one of the children had a bit of anxiety about wondering if the way he celebrated Diwali was “wrong.” It was very relatable moment. The other children, rather than telling him he was wrong, were curious about the way his family did things, and excited to tell each other the ways their own families celebrated. Adorable!

Let’s Celebrate Diwali started some awesome discussions with Evelyn about different religions and holidays. Our local museum has a multicultural holiday exhibit right now and Evelyn was able to point out and explain the Diwali section after reading this! I was so proud of her.

The pronunciation guide at the end of the book was great! It helped me to read that first before reading it aloud to my girls.

The colours in this book are bright and bold, exactly what I was expecting from a book about Diwali. Evelyn loved the big round faces of the children.

I would recommend this book to anyone searching for a way to teach their children about our wonderful multicultural world!

Extras:

A classic:

The Office – Diwali Song from Brad Linder on Vimeo.

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TL;DR:

So put on your sari, it’s time to celebrate Diwali!