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Festival of Colors
ISBN: 9781481420495
Author: Sehgal, Kabir/ Sehgal, Surishtha/ Harrison, Vashti
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Published: January 2018
Retail: $17.99    OUR PRICE: $11.51
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: A picture book introduction to the Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors, finds siblings Mintoo and Chintoo gathering flowers to make into colorful powders to toss during the festival before gathering with friends, family members and neighbors for a vibrant celebration of fun, forgiveness and community. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations - Other, Religious
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places - Asia
- Juvenile Fiction | Family - Siblings
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017014892
Lexile Measure: 250
Target Grade: Preschool
Grade level: Preschool
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 11.00" W
Bargain Category: Early Elementary, Holiday/Seasonal, Picture Books, Religious
Grade level(s): PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Harrison, Vashti: - Vashti Harrison, author and illustrator of the bestselling Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, is an artist, author, and filmmaker with a passion for storytelling. She earned her MFA in film and video from California Institute of the Arts, where she snuck into animation and illustration classes to learn from Disney and DreamWorks legends. There she rekindled a love for drawing and painting. Now she uses her love for both film and illustration to craft beautiful stories for children.Sehgal, Kabir: - Kabir Sehgal started his class newspaper in second grade and has been writing ever since. A bestselling author of several books, he is also a jazz bassist and Grammy Award-winning producer. He lives in New York City.Sehgal, Surishtha: - Surishtha Sehgal was a university professor for many years and now enjoys reading to children during story time. She is the founder of a nonprofit organization that promotes social responsibility among students, and she serves on the boards of two universities and a national arts center. She lives in Atlanta.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
This sweet, nicely repetitive story for the preschool set teaches colors ("Marigolds make orange") while describing how two children make petal-powders for tossing with neighbors in the streets for Holi. Joyful, color- and light-filled digital illustrations incorporate authentic North Indian details such as rangoli art, though other details seem more Americanized. An authors' note about Holi is appended. "Holi, hai!" Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 November #1)

The Sehgals, the mother-son duo behind A Bucket of Blessings, offer a fittingly vivid introduction to Holi, the springtime Hindu festival of colors, as seen through the eyes of Indian siblings Chintoo and Mintoo. The children collect flowers from their garden to turn into brightly colored powders ("They gather orchids, because orchids make purple"), then gather with everyone they know in the town square to celebrate by throwing the powders on each other. Harrison (Little Leaders: Bold Women), working in a distinctly Disneyesque style, fills a spread with laughing and dancing celebrants, their skin and white clothes covered in dustings of red, yellow, blue, and purple. But the Sehgals also remind readers that "Holi is a festival of fresh starts. And friendship. And forgiveness." Those already familiar with Holi may wish that the authors had devoted less space to powder preparation (in real life, the afterword notes, "most people buy these powders from the local bazaar") and more on other aspects of the holiday. But there's enough brightly colored fun to prompt readers to seek out local Holi celebrations. Ages 2–8. Illustrator's agent: Carrie Hannigan, Hannigan Salky Getzler. (Jan.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 February)

PreS-Gr 3—Brother and sister Chintoo and Mintoo are getting ready for Holi, the Indian festival of colors. Their process is slowly revealed as the siblings gather petals, dry and separate them, and then crush the dried petals into powders. Lively digital illustrations show the children's excited family members and neighbors carrying the powders through the streets, and then "POOF!" wet and dry powders fly through the air in a rambunctious celebration. Readers will learn from the book's endnotes that Holi celebrates "inclusiveness, new beginnings, and the triumph of good over evil." This is useful information, but the real beauty of this attractive book is that it shows the country's home life and community togetherness beyond the holiday celebration. Children in primary grades will find this an accessible read, whereas younger patrons can enjoy it as a read-aloud and learn about colors and cultural festivals in an engaging way. VERDICT A must-buy for picture book sections that will delight children regardless of their familiariy with the holiday.—Henrietta Verma, National Information Standards Organization, Baltimore

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.