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Orca SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) HONOR through March 2023

Festival of Lights
By (author): Rina Singh
Rina Singh


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket


Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4 - 7, Grade (US) 4 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
Sep 27, 2016
$24.95 CAD


9in x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 540 gr

Page Count:

96 pages


full color images
FSC certified – mixed sources C013314
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Religious
j294.5/36 23
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2017, Commended Red Cedar Book Award nominee 2018, Short-listed
  • Short Description
Enlivened by personal stories, Diwali illuminates and celebrates how Hindu, Sikh and Jain traditions are kept alive in the modern world in this work of nonfiction for middle readers.
Light up your world with the magic of Diwali.

During Diwali, Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrate the legends and stories that describe the triumph of good over evil and justice over oppression. Critically acclaimed author Rina Singh explores her Indian roots as she tells the Diwali stories, which remind us that eventually light will prevail over darkness.

Enriched by personal stories and spiced with festive recipes, including two by acclaimed chef, Vikram Vij, Diwali: Festival of Lights brings to life the holiday’s traditions, food and rituals and takes you on a journey to see how this festival is celebrated around the world!

Diwali is the second book in the Orca Origins series, which examines how ancient traditions are kept alive in the modern world.

Rina Singh has published several critically acclaimed books for children inspired by her Indian Canadian heritage, including Diwali Lights, Holi Colors and Diwali: A Festival of Lights, which was nominated for the Red Cedar Award, and Grandmother School which won the 2021 Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize. Rina lives in Toronto.

Contributor Website

"This sophisticated volume incorporates information about the major Indian religions; Hindu, Sikh, and Jain Diwali traditions; and Indian immigration to the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean...An exceptionally valuable resource." - Kirkus Reviews

"A standout volume...an excellent introduction to Diwali and Indian culture, highly recommended for all geography collections." - School Library Journal

"Provides a remarkably comprehensive look at the origins of the Hindu festival of lights...The intimate tone and vibrant photographs make this book an enjoyable and informative read from start to finish. Young readers will love the photographs, and older ones will appreciate the joy and concept of a celebration of light." - Booklist

"A great pick...The book is at once fascinating to read and to look at...Diwali is well-researched and informative." - Canadian Children's Book News

"Written in a very readable text accompanied by colourful historical and contemporary captioned photographs...This book would be a great compliment to a study of religious customs and multiculturalism...I would highly recommend it for inclusion in school and public libraries." - Resource Links

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