Sunday, May 24, 2020

Review - Shubh Diwali!

Shubh Diwali!
by Chitra Soundar
illustrated by Charlene Chua
Date: 2019
Publisher: Albert Whitman Company
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

Diwali has arrived! Rangoli art decorates the floor and strings of flowers hang around the doors. Now it's time to ring the bells, light the lamps, and welcome the new year with family and friends. A sweet introduction to the Hindu festival of lights.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I've read a few Diwali books now, and this is perhaps one of the strongest. Rather than a vague overview of the festival, Shubh Diwali! offers detailed information in a clear and easy-to-read author's note. The charming main text, done in simple verse, is highlighted by colourful illustrations that show families participating in the traditions of this Hindu festival.

I would definitely recommend this one to readers who are interested in holidays and festivals from around the world.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 3.71 out of 5

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