Lights, Camera, Diwali!
Light, Camera, Diwali! helps children gain a better understanding of Diwali, the Indian festivals of lights. Through this engaging story, children learn how Indian-American families celebrate Diwali in their homes. Dia receives a camera as a Diwali gift and uses it to capture her memories of this special day. She takes photos of her family decorating clay lamps, creating unique rangoli designs, preparing sweets called ladoos, setting off firecrackers and more! This captivating story also helps children learn why Diwali is celebrated.
While Dia explores the rituals of Diwali with her camera, children learn about a Prince named Rama who was exiled into a forest for 14 years. After fighting off a demon, he is welcomed back into his city with a "row of lights." Children learn about how Diwali teaches us that light will overcome darkness and good will conquer evil.
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Age: 5 and up
Number of Pages: 32
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Author: Amita Roy Shah
Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
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This book has gorgeous illustrations and is an easy read for little kids. Living outside India, we could relate to it right away. I love the introduction of the camera and I'm sure my child will be using one this Diwali, just like Diya, to capture special moments from the celebrations. The recipe for besan ladoos was a good addition at the end. I look forward to reading more books by this author.