Gauri and her younger brother, Aneesh, are counting the days until Holi, the Festival of Colors. They gather around their grandma to draw papers that identify the color of gulal they’ll be making. When Gauri selects red, she’s angry and refuses to participate. While she sulks in silence, the others grind and rub to produce the powdery mixes for the upcoming festivities. Later, the grandpa shares one of the legends of Holi, and its message is powerful. It shatters the rage growing inside Guari and enables her to transform her attitude into one of love––perfect for celebrating the onset of spring.
Holi Hai! is a story rich in Indian culture. Hindi words are lightly sprinkled throughout, and the author even includes instructions for how to create gulal at home using a variety of natural ingredients, something that will likely appeal to young children. Youth will find the narrative relatable, as all youngsters have faced disappointments in which they’ve had to choose the ultimate outcome. They’ll embrace Guari’s new-found positivity. They’ll favor the gorgeous illustrations as well. They’re laced with emotions, from fury to gratitude and hesitation to excitement. They’re simply full of life and beauty.
|Page Count||32 pages|
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