It’s Diwali!

S. & S./Beach Lane. Sept. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781534453654.
PreS-Gr 1–An Indian family celebrates Diwali with traditional decorations, food, and activities. The book follows the pattern of the nursery rhyme “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe,” with groups of two numbers and one festive tradition depicted. Beautifully vivid colors make the journey up to 10 and back down again a feast for the eyes, and young readers will delight in identifying which illustrated objects match the numbers on the page, from bowls of colorful ground chalk to jalebis in a skillet. The predictable pattern of two written-out numbers followed by a Diwali tradition, as well as a simple definition of the Hindi word make for a pleasant reading experience for preschoolers or new readers. An author’s note offers additional information about the holiday.
VERDICT Whether you have a plethora or a dearth of books about Diwali, this is an essential primer on the basics of the festival.

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