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Lights for Gita (Gita #1)

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Pick of the List, 1995 - American Bookseller
Paperback, 24 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Tilbury House Publishers (first published September 1st 1994)
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Gilmore, R., & Priestley, A. (1994). Lights for Gita. Gardiner, Me.: Tilbury House.

Subgroup: Traditions
Genre: Fiction
Topics: Indian culture, Indian traditions, Diwali, lights, Goddess Lakshmi, home, diyas, fireworks
Synopsis: This fiction book is about Gita and how she is coping from moving away from New Dehli. She has a new home and it’s Diwali time. Diwali is when Goddess Lakshmi brings prosperity and happiness into everyone’s home. Gita is angered by moving away from New Dehli because she
This carefully crafted tale of homesickness and hope combines the universal experience of long-awaited plans foiled by weather with the grief of a young girl pining for her far off home. This book leaves us with the powerful insight that its up to each of us to fill our darkness with light.

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* Roses For Gita
* A Gift For Gita

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Cara Stone
Gita looks forward to celebrating Divali, the Festival of Lights, even though her family has recently moved. Will the cold and gloomy weather outside and her longing for the way things used to be ruin the Divali celebration? Gita learns the Festival of Lights begins in the hearts of those who celebrate it. The text also includes a brief explanation of what Divali is and the illustrations, done in colored pencil?, are expressive and colorful.
Puja Patel
This book is about a young Indian girl named Gita who just moved from India and is missing a very auspicious day back home. She feels that she is missing out while people back home are celebrating. Students who come from a different culture would feel the same way when their festival is not celebrated in school. This would be a good book to read as they could relate to Gita at this time.
After a young girl moves from India to America for her fathers job she reminisces about the holiday Divali. This is a great book about how a family celebrates cultural traditions in their new home in America.
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Rachna Gilmore is the best-selling, critically acclaimed Governor General’s Award winning author of numerous books with multiple honours and awards. Her publications include picture books, early readers, middle grade and young adult novels, as well as adult fiction.
Rachna’s books are sold internationally with translations in French, Danish, German, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, Bengali, Chinese as well a
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