About the Author

Celebrate Holi with Me is the latest release From the Toddler Diaries series by Shoumi Sen. The first book in the series was Celebrate Durga Pujo with Me! The Toddler Diaries Series started off as a series of poems that the author wrote for her daughter.As you turn the pages of this book, you will find that poetic touch reflected in the story as well.

The Holi Story

In the book, Riya and her friends take us through how they celebrate the Festival of Colors – Holi. While I was reading, I immediately remembered the story we heard as kids – the story of the wicked King Hiranyakashyapu and his son Prahlad, who was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu! How the King disliked this fact so much, that he wanted to kill his own son! And how in the end, the pure devotion of young Prahlad prevails over his Evil aunt Holika.

Holi is not just a Festival of colors but also a celebration of good over evil

To put it in my grandma’s words- “Holi celebration with colors & water may be more popular, but the main significance of Holi is that of the triumph of good over evil. The Holi fire burnt on the night before depicts this and is considered more auspicious”. While as kids we were mostly concerned with the fun part, the significance of the festival did come out from that story. When it is in the form of a story, its amazing how it sticks with you 🙂

What We liked!

Shoumi Sen brings out this ancient story in her book to go along with all the fun elements of Holi, which will appeal to most kids. She uses a lot of Hindi words like – abeer, gulal, pichkari to name a few. This made the reading more fun. Plus the book is so colorful, any child will love it. My 5 yr old loved flipping the pages and said she loved the part where all the kids get to eat some yummy sweets 🙂
My personal favorite was this page, which I think captures the spirit of the festival perfectly (or may be its just the Bollywood influence in me). Either way I loved it!holi inside page
Highly recommended, as this is the future of Indian story telling, one that tells the age-old tales and yet keeps it fresh and appealing to the next generation.

This book is our March Toka Box book pick for 3 to 5 yr olds!  So make your Holi celebrations more meaningful this year with this colorful story of Holi and its significance! We have a lovely, colorful and messy activity to pair with this book.

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Celebrate holi wiht me
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