Diwali Lights

illus. by Rina Singh. 24p. Orca. Aug. 2018. Board $9.95. ISBN 9781459819085.
PreS—This gorgeous board book features photographs of adorable babies and toddlers experiencing the Diwali holiday in wide-eyed wonder, surrounded by the gentle love and affirmation of adults. Babies will love looking at the children's faces, and the bright colors and emotions portrayed will make this a favorite for repeated reading. The informative text emphasizes the love and wonder the children feel while presenting the basics of the celebration. The text does an excellent job balancing universal experiences with culturally specific ones, "My jaan, my life, it's Diwali today. Open your eyes and greet the day. Wear something new, then off to the market—there's so much to see, so much to do! Buy diyas, candles and paper lanterns." This book presents an age-appropriate view of the holiday from morning until night. Back matter includes more information about Diwali.
VERDICT A first purchase for board book collections everywhere.

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