When you want to teach your kids the traditions followed during different festivals in India, Maya and Neel series is an apt way to make.them understand.
I happened to have a chance to receive the book let’s celebrate 5 days of Diwali.
The story goes about with Maya and Neel who travel from Chicago to India to meet their aunt Eesha and celebrate Diwali.
Once they land they are welcomed by aunt, who is making arrangements for Diwali. They ask aunt to explain why we celebrate Diwali.
The story of celebration of Diwali is given in a concise manner but not missing any important details.
The book explains the five day festivities of Diwali in detail with proper illustrations.
Starting with danteras,choti Diwali, Diwali, Saal Mubarak and bhaai dhooj. The book clearly explains the meaning behind each day and what is done on each day.
Kids Maya and Neel help aunt right from buying pans on danteras, preparing sweets on choti Diwali , celebrating Diwali, greeting each other on Saal Mubarak and gifting brothers on bhaai dhooj. The kids even wear traditional dress according to the occasion.
The narration is simple and is easy to understand by kids. I loved the recap part and pronunciation guide which was a great feature to help understand much in detail.
The illustrations were perfect supporting the text .
MY RATINGS :
Writing and presentation :4.5/5
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ajanta Chakraborty was born in Bhopal, India, and moved to North America in 2001. She earned an MS in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia and a Senior Diploma in Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance, to feed her spirit.
Ajanta quit her corporate consulting job in 2011 and took the plunge to run Bollywood Groove full-time. The best part of her work day includes grooving with classes of children as they leap and swing and twirl to a Bollywood beat.