Light - in so many different forms - is a very vital part of many celebrations around the world. Every candle on the birthday cake makes it ever more special. The lamps lit in and around the house and the fireworks during the festival of Diwali make this occasion even more festive - the name itself means row of lights. Light, in its every form, brings feelings of warmth, victory, happiness, peace, and joy. This is reflected in every page of this book.
In this book, Rondina uses the voices of kids everywhere to speak about their local celebrations that involve light. Religious, cultural, or secular; old or new, - all celebrations are included in this book. The book is arranged month by month and as we traverse through the calendar, we travel the world through this book celebrating the wonderful occasions and enjoy the delightful lights - be they lanterns, lamps, candles, or fireworks. From Up Helly Aa in January to Kwanzaa celebrated in December, from Scotland to India to the US, the voices of the children lend themselves to make the celebrations interesting and relevant to young readers. The introduction and glossary contain useful information too.
It was fun exploring the world through this book. I love introducing my children to various cultures and traditions, and teaching them to appreciate the uniqueness, the differences, and the similarities that exist among them and this book does a great job in helping me with it. They also made the kids and me curious to learn more about many of the celebrations here. I would also recommend this for class reading.
The illustrations in the book are a class by themselves - as art and as perfect companions to the text in the book. Each page has vivid, festive illustrations that seem to jump out of the page asking us to join in the celebrations.
Disclaimer:Thank you to NetGalley for sending me a digital review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read the book.