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Will you celebrate Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, this year?
This new picture book from Bharat Babies, the children’s publisher known for its stories about India’s heritage, is a wonderful way to start.
Let’s Celebrate Diwali tells of little Harini. Harini is proud to tell her schoolmates about her Hindu family’s Diwali traditions such as lighting the diya and telling the story of Ram and Sita, but she is pleasantly surprised to find that her Jain, Buddhist, and Sikh classmates have their own traditions, too!
This is a sweet and educational book with lively illustrations that will appeal to young kids of all cultural backgrounds.
It is a great companion for another of Bharat Babies’ books about Harini: Hanuman and the Orange Sun. It follows Harini as she hears the story of Hanuman Dada for the very first time. Her Amma weaves this tale for her as they work together to make a meal. “When Hanuman Dada was a baby,” she tells Harini, “he saw the sun in the sky and, thinking it was an orange, jumped up to take a bite…” The rest, as they say, is history.