Written by Bhakti Mathur
Illustrated By Maulshree Somani
Several teachers I know recommended this book as a fun way to learn about the holiday of Diwali – through rhymes! They felt the book was fun, age appropriate and also culturally accurate and respectfully written! Text and illustrations are adorable and introduce this holiday to readers in a way that is as exciting and understandable.
Brilliant firecrackers lighting up the night, Diyas twinkling like stars—what a sight! This is Diwali, in all its glory, as told to Klaka, by his Ammaùa magical story. First, the celebration of Prince Rama, his homecoming, and his victory over Ravana, the evil demon king. Next, a story about Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, who rewards her true devotees with fortune and good health.
Written By Verma Jatinder, Illustrated By Nilesh Mistry
This book is less about the holiday of Diwali and more about the exciting story behind it. The book is a retelling of the “Ramayana”, an age-old Hindu epic tale of how Prince Rama overcomes the Demon King. Full of adventure, magic and miracles, this story will delight both young and older readers.
Perfect for reading as part of a Diwali celebration or as a way to learn more about India and Hindu folklore.
The Story of Divaali is a wonderful rendition of the "Ramayana," an age-old Hindu epic filled with magic, miracles and adventure. The compelling story tells of a young prince Rama who overcomes Ravana the Demon King. Out of his triumph, Divaali, the Indian festival of lights, is born. The powerful narrative is perfectly complemented by the jewel-like illustrations of Nilesh Mistry. Drawing on the versions told to him in childhood by his parents, Jatinder Verma brings the essence of this great Indian epic to life for a new generation.
By Roger Priddy
A 12 page, beautiful, bright “touch and feel” board book about Diwali, perfect for the youngest child.
What a nice way to share this joyous holiday with really young children through colorful rangoli and other simple but pleasing, powerful images that share the spirit of this holiday.
Book by Priddy, Roger
Written by Jonny Zucker, Illustrations by Jan Barger
For Hindu people, Diwali is a very special holiday that celebrates the new year. Although customs and practices vary from area to area and from North to South India, Diwali is a joyous occasion involving bringing in a new year, making and sharing sweets, gathering with friends and family and telling stories that have deep and powerful cultural significance.
How do people celebrate Diwali? Beautiful, colorful patterns called rangolis are painted and small lights called “diya” are lit (or modern electric lights are sometimes used as well). And then there are trips to the temple, small presents, fireworks and much more! This book is perfect for children of any age. Beautiful pictures and easy to read text share the joy and fun of this special holiday in a way that is sure to appeal to any reader.
Books in the Festival Time series describe the activities of typical families as parents and children celebrate some of their culture’s major holidays. Attractive color illustrations on every page will appeal to younger children. The simply yet delightfully told stories describe the festivities while giving children background information about holidays in many different cultures. A two-page spread at the back of each book contains information for parents, and includes suggestions on ways to communicate the holiday’s meaning to kids. Diwali is the Hindu five-day festival of lights that welcomes in the lunar new year. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu month of Ashwin, or Aasho, which occurs in October or November, depending on the lunar calendar. During the festival, parents tell stories that relate to the holiday, exchange gifts of sweets, light candles, and attend elaborate fireworks displays. The holiday is marked by an abundance of lights displayed in homes and businesses.
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