It’s Holi!

Holt. Feb. 2024. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250903037.
PreS-K–A family prepares for their Holi celebration by dressing in white, making delicious treats, and assembling water balloons and colored powders. One little family member confesses that although he loves colors, he is afraid of getting the powders in his eyes. A pair of swim goggles frees him to enjoy the festivities with enthusiasm. Thick outlines and vivid colors create a cheerful, celebratory vibe. The narration consists of no more than one or two sentences per page and makes use of a few Hindi words. Back matter includes an introduction to Holi, a glossary, a recipe, and instructions for making Holi powders.
VERDICT A helpful preschool read-aloud to introduce the holiday, or to soothe kids who get nervous when group play has the potential for mess and chaos.

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