Diwali: Festival of Lights

64p. (Orca Origins). ebook available. further reading. glossary. index. websites. Orca. Sept. 2016. lib. ed. $24.95. ISBN 9781459810075.
Gr 3–6—A standout volume on Diwali, the Festival of Lights. In simple, clear sentences, Singh recounts the mythic origins of Diwali, while conveying the fun and values behind it. She describes how the holiday is celebrated around the world (even explaining where it's not observed) and recent trends like the westernization of mithai sweets by companies like Dunkin' Donuts. Personal stories from Singh and others emphasize the holiday's emotional resonance. Every page has one or more photos, bright with light and color. Singh explains that while there are no specific dishes that are served on Diwali, most meals are vegetarian and filling. Recipes for saffron coconut burfi, cucumber raita, and more are included. Most vocabulary words (avatar) are explained parenthetically on first use, though no pronunciation help is offered. In addition, Singh also explores how the Indian diaspora celebrates Diwali, including a chapter on the history of Indian immigration to North America.
VERDICT An excellent introduction to Diwali and Indian culture, highly recommended for all geography collections.

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