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Age-appropriate details and lots of information about the food, traditions, and festivities surrounding Holi. The back of the book contains a brief history about the festival of colors, an embedded legend of Holi, a glossary of terms, and recipes for gulal.
Have love in your hearts for everyone. It's OK to be upset sometimes, but love is stronger than anger and anger doesn't bring joy. Celebrating holidays with your family and making new traditions is fun and important!
Positive Role Models
Guari initially displays frustration with her family, but eventually admits her fault and demonstrates gratitude. The book portrays a happy and loving family with lots of fun Holi traditions.
Focuses on an Indian family, with members of different generations warmly celebrating a traditional holiday together. Cultural clothing, food, and customs are at the center of the story. The author, Chitra Soundar, was was born in Chennai, India, and lives in London.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Holi Hai! is sweet picture book by author Chitra Soundar and illustrator Darshika Varma. The bright book brings Holi, the Hindu festival of color, to life and also weaves in important life lessons for young readers. This is a great introduction to the holiday in which people throw colored different-colored powders in the air and onto one another. Back mater includes an explanation of the festival, a glossary of terms, and recipes for gulal (using colored water, not powder), so learning can continue beyond the story. Themes include love, forgiveness, and celebrating holidays with family.
Is It Any Good?
Rich cultural connection, a loving family theme, and eye-catching illustrations make a great combination in this beautiful story. Holi Hai! presents the Hindu festival of color clearly and simply for young readers. The book celebrates Indian culture in a way that will make those familiar with the holiday feel seen, and those that are new to the holiday intrigued. The book doesn't shy away from important lessons and showing character flaws, making it educational and relatable. A great read for the whole family!
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