Indian English poetry has been a very close subject to me. Right from the…
Why do we celebrate Holi? For grown-ups like us, this is a very simple question. We can tell the stories related to this Hindu festival and walk away. However, when a child asks the same question, it becomes very important to satisfy his or her curiosity effectively. What children learn in the early days remain with them forever. So, what should be the best way to tell a child about the importance, the story behind and the ways to celebrate a very popular Indian festival Holi? Well, for all those who are worried about teaching their children the Indian ethos and culture, I have a solution. You can refer to the books by popular Indian children’s authors and one among the best is undoubtedly Anitha Rathod who has been writing fine children literature for a while now. Her book, ‘Why do we celebrate Holi’ has recently been released and with Holi festival lingering very close, it’d certainly be a nice idea gifting this wonderfully illustrated book to the younger ones who will be celebrating their 3rd, 4th or 5th Holi and even beyond.
The book by Anitha Rathod has some 34 pages and all the pages have illustrations while most of them have text as well. Written in a children-friendly language, the book describes (in brief) both the stories related to Holi – The Krishna Holi story as well as the Holika-Prahlad story. I have read and remember many children work from my past. In this fast-moving world, though, it was essential that we upgraded our resources and Anitha Rathod has done exactly that. She has written, illustrated and portrayed in pictures and words what we cannot easily communicate to our growing generation.
My advice to the parents and also to the caring elders is very simple. If you want to let your children know the reason behind Holi, do gift them something to remember. This illustrated book by Anitha will not only improve their awareness about our culture and Indianness but also ignite their interest in reading meaningful literature. This author has written several works for children and has devoted her career to children literature now. Do get a copy and let your children and younger ones enjoy their best Holi this year!
Why do we celebrate Holi?
- Alok Mishra's Verdict
A very suitable book for children.
Illustration is fine. The narration is very friendly. Yes, it could have a few more pages…
I am recommending this book for everyone who would like to make some kid’s Holi special this year!