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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Learn all about the traditions of Diwali with this third book in the delightful board book series Celebrate the World, which highlights special occasions and holidays across the globe.

Each autumn we gather with our friends and family and light our brightest lanterns. It’s time for Diwali, the festival of lights! In this lovely board book with illustrations from Archana Sre
Board Book, 24 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Little Simon
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Shantala  (Shanaya Tales)
This is a perfect introductory book that highlights the celebrations & festivities during the 5 days of Diwali.

Especially perfect for toddlers, as it's a board book, and they'll love the colorful illustrations!

Though it's a great read for older kids as well, Indians & non Indians alike. In-fact this would be the perfect book to take & read to your kids class (especially if you are living outside India) to introduce them to the festival.

Also, this particular book doesn't get into religion, just
Dena (Batch of Books)
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely little nonfiction board book about the Diwali holidays. In gives little ones a simple explanation about what Diwali is and how it's celebrated. The illustrations are bright and colorful.

This is a good book to read to young kids if you're looking for books about culture and traditions around the world.
Mary Lee
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, baby, holiday
Not sure why this book needed to be a board book.
Beautifully colored board book that goes into much detail about Diwali.
Tonja Drecker
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one book in an entire series of board books with the goal of opening up the youngest listeners to the variety of cultures and some of their celebrations. I've read two of these already, but this one is my favorite.

Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is celebrated around this time of year (end of October/early November). In these pages, the background behind Diwali is very quickly hit upon (the goddess and how the light invites her in), allowing the main focus to remain on the p
Erin Buhr
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book, the latest in the CELEBRATE YOUR WORLD series, explains Diwali to little readers. It goes through the basics of what Diwali is, how to prepare for it, and what happens over the course of the five day celebration. The explanations are clear. The illustrations are vibrant and inviting. I really enjoyed this book and think sharing it is a great way to introduce children to the holiday. My one big qualm is that I don't understand the choice to make this a board book. For me, the text is t ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Celebrate the World : Diwali by Hannah Eliot illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan BOARD BOOK Little Simon (Simon and Schuster), 2018. $9.



The Hindu festival of Diwali is celebrated. The 5 day festival includes preparation, lights, food and traditions including prayers, and even fireworks! This is a lovely primer about Diwali. The illustrations are busy without being too much - there's a lot to look at, so the child can spend a good amount
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like this book because it was about some holiday. It's called Diwali, the important time of year for one of my friends; his name is Ishaan (I don't know what his favorite color is) and his baby brother Viaan if also important to him. And his father Pradyush and his mother Carolina. Which I think was sort of out Spanish teacher when I didn't have a Spanish teacher in school. ...more
Ashlee Walker
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
This book was easy to comprehend and focused on the Diwali (A Hindu festival).
I thought the graphics were great. This would be a good book if you want to learn or teach someone about cultural celebrations in India.
Liz Tiethoff
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and illustrated. It's a very good introduction to the holiday for children who celebrate Diwali and, for those who don't, a good resource for learning to understand and appreciate other cultures. ...more
A succinct introduction (though, much wordier than most board books) to Diwali (Celebrate the World series) in a board book format. Gorgeous, colorful illustrations by Archana Sreenivasan bring this holiday to life and readers of all ages will want to pore over them.
Elle Buffenbarger
This book is very informative with great illustrations. This book would be perfect for young children to learn about a different culture and learn why it's important and also what it celebrates. This would be a great read-aloud book to read during Diwali to educate a class on its traditions. ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third is a series of books we got our son on holidays from around the world. He enjoys the bright, fun, engaging pictures, and we as parents appreciate the good introductions to other cultures and religions as we try to raise a respectful, inclusive child.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this one but I also think it's really strange that it is in the form of a boardbook, as the vocabulary and writing are meant for definitely not boardbook age. ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely illustrations and explanation of the holiday. I would have liked a pronunciation guide, to be sure I am reading correctly.
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like to teach my kids about other cultures.
Michele Knott
Another good holiday book from the "Celebrate the World" series. ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
This is a great introduction to Diwali, which the girls have been exposed to a bit when we go into the city. I love the colours of the illustrations.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great primer about Diwali! What a fun holiday to learn about.

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Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
In a new board book series, festivities from different cultures are featured. In the latest Celebrate the World, the youngest readers learn about Diwali.
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cultures-zebra
Ages 3 and up. Beautiful illustrations explaining the traditions during the celebration of Diwali.
Freya Hooper
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Title: Diwali

Author: Hannah Eliot

Target: Kindergarten-Grade 2

Series: Yes

What this book is about:

This book teaches kids about the festival of Diwali. Children will learn about this Hindu tradition which celebrates hope over despair. They will learn the role of the goddess Lakshmi and what each of the five days of the festival entails. From working together to clean the home to celebrating the lifelong bond of brothers and sisters, when Diwali is over, blessing have been granted for a happy new ye
Donna Hoang
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Genre: Picture Book - Religious Picture Book
Awards: None
Audience: 3rd - 5th grade
A. This book is about a Hindu holiday that celebrates the festival of lights. During this holiday, Indians ask the goddess of wealth to bless them.
B. The illustrations in this book are very colorful and bright. The illustrator uses color to emphasize the joy and lights of the festival.
C. I would use this book to a class when teaching about different kinds of celebrations around the world.
D. Which day of Diwali is
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Hannah Eliot is a children’s book editor who lives in Manhattan, New York. Her favorite activities include editing (of course), writing, painting, and doodling all over every piece of notebook paper she uses.

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