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The story, author's note, and glossary all share important information about the traditions of Diwali and its history. Key words include "deity" (a god or goddess), "rangoli" (a pattern drawn on the floor using colorful sand), and "puja" (a prayer ritual in Hinduism).
Diwali is a warm and festive holiday, centered on quality time with loved ones and bright celebrations. You can always find positivity and light in any situation. Dealing with change is hard, but things that are different can still be special.
Positive Role Models
Despite being nine thousand miles away from their home in India, Priya and her family prioritize celebrating Diwali. They choose to be positive and embrace change. While celebrating a special holiday, they create new traditions with new friends.
The book is packed with diverse representations. The main character and her family are Indian. Characters of different races, skin tones, ages, ethnicities, and religions are portrayed. Characters with different physical abilities are also showed in illustrations.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Diwali in My New Home, by Shachi Kaushik, is a sweet picture book about a young Indian girl's experience of celebrating Diwali for the first time in the United States. The story promotes learning and shares a relatable story of a family who is far away from their homeland, and navigating life in a new country. The illustrations are as a bright as the holiday's lights, and convey lots of emotion. The author's note and glossary share more details about the history and traditions of Diwali.
Is It Any Good?
This book is a great representation of the power of sharing your family's cultural with new friends. Diwali in My New Home shares the meaning of the bright and festive holiday with readers, who may or may not be familiar with its origin. Either way, it's a learning opportunity! The book's powerful message of adapting to change, while remaining true to your roots is a wonderful one. Readers are sure to be engaged by the eye-catching illustrations.
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