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Author: Pettiford, Rebecca
An introduction to Holi and the ways people celebrate this Hindu festival.
Festivals (Bullfrog Books)
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: .80
Points: .5 Quiz: 188656
School Library Journal (04/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 04/01/2017 This entry in the Festivals series describes a holiday many Western readers may not recognize: Holi, a Hindu celebration. Geared towards the very young, this uses short sentences and simple words to convey details of the festival. Holi takes place during spring in India, when the moon is full; participants build a bonfire and cover each other with colored powders. This briefly explains the origins of the holiday (“We remember a special boy. His bad aunt Holika put him in a fire. But he lived!”) and offers many lively, enthusiastic photos of revelers covered in the brightly colored powders. A final diagram explains what the various colors mean (“Blue stands for power and life.“ “Pink stands for joy”), while a brief note offers lesson ideas for educators. An eye-catching first look for new readers. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2017 K-Gr 3–Readers are made to feel a part of the story in this collection that uses variations of "we." Text introduces each festival, describing historical background and religious and cultural roots in just a few sentences, followed by several examples of how it is celebrated. Pages generally have one or two short sentences, and the large color photos, most of which feature children participating in related activities, are the set's best feature. A concluding page contains photos of each festival's symbols or celebratory items along with a picture glossary. These books are attractive and compelling enough to draw an audience, and compare favorably with many well-written, recently published works on similar topics. VERDICT A fine supplementary option for new or replacement purchase.Middle to High School - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.