The spring season is finally here and so is the festival of colours – Holi. too. There is something fun about holi, isn’t it? Even though I am not in India right now, but the moment I think of Holi, my mood gets all cheery and festive. Colors, food, dance and music – what else do we need to cheer us up, especially during these lockdown days?
While we miss the festivities in India, but we also try to do a little bit of celebration at home, so that the junior gets to enjoy some flavors of our food and rituals from back home. And yes, by now if you have been reading Kiddingly for long, you would know that we also love to read stories that can help us understand more about festivals and special occasions.
Stories have the magical power to transport us to any era, city or occasion :). Isn’t it?
So, keeping the theme of Holi in mind, our book for this weekend is “Festival of Colors“. Written by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal, and illustrated by Vashti Harrison, this is a wonderful book to explain to the little readers about the festival of colors.
What I especially liked about this book is the way it highlights the celebration through dry, DIY, natural colors made from flowers. Loved the central theme of the book!
Spring is here, and it’s almost time for Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors. Siblings Mintoo and Chintoo are busy gathering flowers to make into colorful powders to toss during the festival. And when at last the big day comes, they gather with their friends, family, and neighbors for a vibrant celebration of fresh starts, friendship, forgiveness, and, of course, fun!
It’s a book that not only tells kids about Holi, but also about different types of flowers, their colors and usages in real life. The illustrations are colorful, making it an attractive read for little readers.
I think this one would make a great read for kids below 7 years age group. While we are saying 7 for the reading level, but if you ask me, I will say it’s worth a try for adults too. As the message to play Holi using natural colors needs to be read by kids and grown-ups too :).
In case you would like to listen to this story, you may check the read-aloud by Bettany Bernard here.
And if you wish to buy this book, it’s available on Amazon.
On that note, wish you all a very happy Holi. Have fun with colors, food, and music. Remember to play with dry colors only. Water is precious, let’s try to be conscious of our natural resources.
And in case you would like to doodle a holi special design, you may check our latest design at Instagram here. While we don’t recommend wet colors for kids, but we can definitely try to splatter some colors on our canvas.
Before we sign off, we would like to remind you once again –
Read every day, doodle every day, and keep the boredom away.
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