From Publishers Weekly
"This well-turned tale [of a poor Indian girl who rescues the family's celebration of Diwali] is almost a primer on how to convey the exotic in seemingly effortless fashion," said PW. Ages 7-9.-- is almost a primer on how to convey the exotic in seemingly effortless fashion," said PW. Ages 7-9.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6. A tender but slight book that highlights a festival that may not be familiar to most American children. Set in contemporary Bengal, India, this is the story of seven-year-old Premlata and her impoverished family as they attempt to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights in honor of the goddess Kali. There is no money to buy lamps to light up the house for the goddess, so Prem devises a way to attend the mela, or fair, alone and buy the special oil lamps. However, the sights and sounds of the fair are too tempting and she spends her precious coins on treats and presents instead. Frightened and exhausted, she is found and taken home by Bijoy Rai, the honored village landlord. When he coaxes the whole story from Prem, his benevolence saves the day. Premlata is young and amazed at her own daring, but her personality is never fully realized. She is more of a guide to the life and traditions of India than a real-life participant. Readers will certainly learn about her country through this story; it's unlikely that they will come to love it as Godden does. Andrew's precise black-and-white drawings help to personalize the action and clarify many details. An additional purchase for collections with specific multicultural needs.?Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
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