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Diwali is a Holiday on November 7th this year with the new moon.I found this little book about it. 3 little monkeys get a gift from their grandmother or Dadima as they call her. It is a surprised addressed to all 3 friends, not just the owner of the house. The monkeys try and decide what the gift is. Turns out, it is coins to make their wishes come true on Diwali when placed on the sacred food tray or Pooja Thali.The art was bright and cheerful and the monkeys were energetic like my niblings. I
I didn't really know anything about Diwali before reading this book. I know a little more now, but I still feel like I couldn't really explain it to someone else, unfortunately.Three little monkeys (Suno, Dekho, and Jaano) find a package from Suno's grandmother. They speculate about what could be inside. At the end, the secret is revealed and the holiday is celebrated.The illustrations are really cute (I especially like the monkeys' iBanana laptop). There is one part of the book that did give me...
A great picture book explanation of some of the background and celebrations surrounding the Diwali holiday. One on one or preschool for length. Loved the monkey kids.
Super cute introduction to Diwali and many related traditions. I appreciated the authors note at the back that explains all the terms that may not be known to people outside the Diwali tradition.
I might have given this three stars. It's an okay book, and there's not that many books out there for Hindu festivals. It gives a good overview of what the holiday is about, and the traditions associated with it, from the entertaining to the decorative to the spiritual.But my copy has this bog medallion on the front proclaiming the book won the "Mom's Choice Award," which is just so badly SCREAMING at me that the book should be considered good that my opinion is harshly tarnished. Look, if it wa...
The illustrations are bright and colorful and really draw you in. I also really enjoyed how the characters' imaginations enable introduction and repetition of various elements of the Diwali celebration without the narrative feeling didactic.I was not a fan of the gender-normative bit (when they're guessing what a present is) where one of the ~boy monkeys says, "if these are bangles then we can't all use them" (accompanied by an illustration of the two boy monkeys wearing bangle bracelets and loo...
Cute little book about Diwali. I enjoy fun cultural books for kids :-) And I loved all the Hindi words in the text!
3 little monkey friends receive a gift for Diwali and they enjoy talking about the holiday and guessing what it might be. Very cute!
nice narration and illustrations
I really liked this book. I learned about Diwali gifts and the celebration. I highly recommend this title as a first look at this holiday.
A great look at a holiday I know very little (okay, next to nothing) about. Cute characters, AND a glossary of terms with pronunciation guide!
Diwali is India’s largest festival and a National holiday.It falls in the Hindu month of Kartik, which is usually sometime in October or November. Divali means rows of lighted lamps, and it’s a festival of light and joy: people often celebrate by decorating their houses or shops with colorful lamps or lights. The festival worships Lord Ganesh for welfare and prosperity, and the goddess Lakshmi for wealth and wisdom.During Diwali, people wear the finest clothes, illuminate the interior and exteri...
3 stars from ME, 5 *shining stars* from my 7 y.o.This book essentially covers one aspect of Diwali - the GIFTS!!Now admittedly, in the grand scheme of things - gifts are among the more frivolous things associated with Diwali. But if you are a kid - it's probably your #1 THING. And understandably so. And this book captures the kids excitement for Diwali gifts really well. Suno, Dekho & Jaano are 3 monkeys (kids) who are eagerly waiting to open the mysterious present grandma sent them. Throughout
This strikes me as one of those books that kids love and adults hate reading...like a book adaptation of a TV show. If children are unfamiliar with Diwali, there will be a slight learning curve in order to understand the plot. I had to stop multiple times and check the glossary to figure out what was what.
I can't get over the art on this. It's super uncanny valley. Which is wild because I looked up the artist and liked her other stuff. There's just something about these characters that feels really off.
This book is about 3 monkeys who received a package and note filled with gifts around Diwali. The curious monkeys predicted what was the box, such as bangles, sparklers, and diyas. Instead, they received engraved silver coins that would make all their wishes come true if they placed it in the Pooja Thali on the night of Diwali. I like this book because it is about another culture and because on the last page of the book, it contains additional information about Diwali. I would use this book as a...
An authors note at the end explains the cultural context of Diwali. A glossary defines Indian terms associated with the holiday. A simple story explores the traditions associated with the Indian holiday that celebrates the victory of light over dark. The big eyed monkeys read as slightly plastic and computer generated but are likely to hold young children's interest. Not the most inspiring book, but one of the few that goes beyond a dry rendition of the origin of Diwali.