Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Diwali: With Sweets, Lights, and Fireworks

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Beautiful, dynamic photographs and brief, lively text introduce readers to the joyous holiday of Diwali, evoking the celebrations of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world.

In Deborah Heiligman's inviting global odyssey of the Hindu holiday we learn that Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and of light over darkness. Although celebrated differently in different places, Diwali is universally viewed as a time of great joy, ...

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Overview

Beautiful, dynamic photographs and brief, lively text introduce readers to the joyous holiday of Diwali, evoking the celebrations of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world.

In Deborah Heiligman's inviting global odyssey of the Hindu holiday we learn that Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and of light over darkness. Although celebrated differently in different places, Diwali is universally viewed as a time of great joy, celebrated with fireworks, sweets, and gifts.

Celebrate Diwali brings to life the holiday's traditions, food, and celebration rituals. The informative back matter includes Diwali recipes, a glossary, a Diwali card game, a map, and a resource list of books and Web sites. Also included is a note to parents and teachers from the book's consultant, Dr. Vasudha Narayanan.

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"These titles balance historical perspective with contemporary cultural significance in describing the holidays...These visually appealing volumes would update any multicultural or holiday collection."—School Library Journal

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Children's Literature - Melissa Stickles
As part of the "Holidays Around the World" series by National Geographic, the author Deborah Heiligman, along with her consultant Dr. Vasudha Narayanan, cooperatively presents the reader with an insider's view of a colorful and joyous holiday known as Diwali and celebrated by people of the Hindu, Sikh, and Jain faiths with sweet treats, lots of lights, and loud, booming fireworks. Diwali, known as the Festival of Lights, is a traditional holiday that celebrates the victory of good over evil. Pictures of traditional clothing and food, celebrations with colors, lights, and more come alive on each page. The holy River Ganga, along with other beautifully represented areas of India, such as the Golden Temple in Amritsar is included in the Diwali traditions. The photographs encourage the reader to take a pictorial trip around the world where Diwali is celebrated in places such as Bethesda, Maryland, and Durban, South Africa. The reader will learn that just as in all other holidays, this is a time to visit with and honor family and friends. Presented through a rich blend of text and photographs, this fascinating cultural, historical, and religious celebration is clearly a treasure for all who believe in the triumph of good over evil. Reviewer: Melissa Stickles
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-These titles balance historical perspective with contemporary cultural significance in describing the holidays. Diwali focuses on the Hindu celebration in India but mentions observance by the Sikh and Jain faiths and also shows customs in four other countries. All texts capture well the spirit of the holidays, conveying in Ramadan, for example, the holy purpose of fasting and the shared joy in feasting. While the first-person plural texts create a mostly inclusive tone, they present Native Americans as "other" by using the third person to explain that Thanksgiving is a day of mourning for some Indians whereas others hold ceremonies of thanks. Each spread features up to three high-quality color photographs, a paragraph of body text, and a line of much larger text that creates a focal point and supports contextual understanding. Many cultures are represented through photos and captions, including five continents in Ramadan. Each book includes a map showing where the photos were taken, along with extras such as games, recipes, a prayer, or historical time lines, and ends with a page of additional cultural and historical information for adults. These visually appealing volumes would update any multicultural or holiday collection. Consider Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith's Celebrating Ramadan (Holiday House, 2001) and Laurie Halse Anderson's Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving (S & S, 2002) as companions.-Julie R. Ranelli, Kent Island Branch Library, Stevensville, MD Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792259237
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 9/12/2006
  • Series: Holidays Around the World Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Heiligman is the award-winning author of 15 children's books. She specializes in simplifying complex subjects for young people, particularly in the areas of science and social studies. She lives in New York City.
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