Baby’s First Holi

DK. (Baby’s First Holidays). Mar. 2022. 14p. Board $6.99. ISBN 9780744050028.
Baby-Toddler–This board book offers a first look at the Hindu festival of Holi. It opens with a picture of spring flowers and butterflies, accompanied by short text. On the second page, words beneath a happy baby read, “I’m ready for Holi, the festival of colors.” The book then shows different elements of the celebration, including powders in bright green, blue, pink, yellow, and orange; a water blaster for colored water; and flower petals. There are also cards, gifts, music, and delicious servings of lentil fritters and saffron milk. Time with family makes the festivities extra special: “It’s fun to eat and celebrate together.” Baby’s First Holi is well-organized and will keep small children’s attention. Photographs are colorful and work well with the one or two sentences per page. Although there are many more details about the holiday than are covered, this book provides the perfect age-appropriate introduction for young children.
VERDICT A recommended purchase for public libraries and programs with babies and toddlers.

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