- Age Range: 6 and up
- Paperback: 24 pages
- Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers (April 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0884481514
- ISBN-13: 978-0884481515
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.4 x 0.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,794,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lights for Gita Paperback – April 1, 2000
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In her new home in the West, far from the warmth and familiarity of her native New Delhi, Gita anticipates celebrating the Hindu festival Divali-"Fireworks, lots of them-that's what Divali was all about." Surely such a light show will dispel the November gloom. But as Gita prepares for the holiday, "needles of ice stung the windows." In the freezing rain expectations turn to disappointments. Friends cancel their visits and, even more grievously, Papa must postpone the fireworks. As the girl compares the day with her memories of joyfully observed traditions, Mummy reminds her, "Divali is really about filling the darkness with light. Fireworks can't do it for us. We must do it ourselves." After they light the diyas (small pots of mustard oil) at each window, the storm causes an electrical failure, and Gita's home seems the only place of light in the vast darkness. The unexpected splendor of ice and dancing light gives Gita a meaningful new perspective. Accompanied by Priestly's soft, warm-hued watercolors, Gilmore's smooth prose and thoughtful imagery invite readers into Gita's not-so-foreign world. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Ages 4^-8. In a picture-book first published in Canada, an immigrant child from India celebrates the Hindu holiday of Divali for the first time in her new home. An introductory note describes the holiday as a festival of lights celebrated with sweets, parties, storytelling, and fireworks. In the November gloom of her new apartment, Gita longs for her extended family in New Delhi and the warmth she's left behind. She cries when an ice storm knocks out the power in all the buildings on her street; but with her parents and her best friend, she lights the diyas for the festival, and she comes to see that the lights of Divali can beat the darkness outside and the sadness within. Priestley's delicately shaded illustrations in bright colors show an Indian child and her family making a home. Words and pictures weave the particular holiday traditions into a universal story of disappointment and hope. Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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