by Kabir Sehgal (Author) Archana Sreenivasan (Illustrator)
Count along in celebration of Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, in this luminous picture book from bestselling mother-son duo Surishtha and Kabir Sehgal.
Count up to ten and back down again to the tune of "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" while learning about the traditions that make Diwali a fun-filled festival! Celebrated during autumn harvest, Diwali symbolizes the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. From sweet treats to intricate henna designs to exciting firework displays, kids will delight in this vibrant glimpse into the Festival of Lights.
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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.--Rachel OwensCopyright 2022 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.