Festival of Colors – by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal, illustrated by Vashti Harrison

 Festival of Colors – by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal, illustrated by Vashti Harrison, Beach Lane Books, (9781481420495), 2018.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Holidays

What did you like about the book?  Two smiling brown-skinned children, Chintoo and Mintoo, are excited about the upcoming celebration of Holi, an Indian festival of colors. To get ready, the adorable children happily pick springtime flowers of many colors: red hibiscus, purple orchids, orange marigolds, blue iris. They dry them out, and press the petals, creating piles of powder. On the day of Holi, Chintoo and Mintoo parade outdoors with cheerful family and friends, all wearing white. Finally, it’s time. Everyone shouts, “Holi hai!,” as they throw the colored powders on each other.  A note from the authors states that the coating of vibrant colors is meant to symbolize “inclusiveness, new beginnings, and the triumph of good over evil.”  This is a light-hearted and fun, as well as visually pleasing, introduction to Holi.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is suitable for pre-K to second grade.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries, especially those looking to increase the breadth of multicultural offerings in their collections.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with picture books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes, it is very cute, and it tells about a festival that many Americans do not know.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  2/24/18

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