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Premlata and the Festival of Lights

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The magic og India comes aliveThere is excitement in the Indian air tonight, and Premlata can barely contain herself. Diwali, the Festival of Lights, has arrived, when everyone will light lamps in celebration of the Goddess Kali and her battle against the demons of darkness. But times are hard, and Premlata's mother has sold the family's Diwali lamps to buy rice. Theirs wi ...more
Hardcover, 58 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Greenwillow Books
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Amy Varchetti
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elementary
Great cultural story for kids. The events are centered around Diwali (the Festival of Lights) in India. Vivid detail, strong characters, and a complex journey, both literal and figurative, make this a fantastic quality read for kids.
Maureen Milton
Sep 21, 2012 rated it liked it
This charming little illustrated volume will provide some useful context to readers who want to know a bit more about a celebration of Diwali and its significance in honoring & assisting the goddess Kali in her bloody battle against evil demons and darkness. Impoverished since the death of her father, Premlata longs to light the deepa (traditional oil lamps) to celebrate the Festival of Lights, but the oil lanterns have been sold along with mother's jewels and brother's books, to buy food wh ...more
Cheryl
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Motifs have been done elsewhere, but the educational value for western readers make this a worthy book to have in a public or school library. Unfortunately the girl is introduced right away as 'fair' compared to other Indians, with the implication that it's a mark of attractiveness. Interestingly, she is so very kind & compassionate that she feels a 'pang of pity' for the villain. Too bad the educational value weighs down the story and makes it a slower, more awkward read. I can't tell if th ...more
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Margaret Rumer Godden was born in Sussex, but grew up in India, in Narayanganj. Many of her 60 books are set in India. Black Narcissus was made into a famous movie with Deborah Kerr in 1947.

Godden wrote novels, poetry, plays, biographies, and books for children.

For more information, see the official website: Rumer Godden
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