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Whatever Could It Be?
Join the 3 Curious Monkeys Suno, Dekho and Jaano as they discover the most auspicious, wonderful Diwali Gift!
When a mysterious package arrives just in time for Diwali, the three friends can hardly contain their excitement! Sparklers? Bangles? Diyas? Whatever could it be?
Discover the most special gift of all... in this tale of tradition, curiosity, and fun!
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Shweta Chopra-Having lived in three different countries as a child, Shweta acquired a worldly appreciation of cultures at a young age and knows what it s like growing up with a diverse background. Now raising a 3-year-old daughter of her own, she understands the challenges parents face in making culture fun and relevant to their young children. She hopes to continue creating engaging content for young readers to experience the beauty and diversity of India and inspire pride in their heritage.
Shweta is a molecular biologist and a marketing professional who has now added author to her list of professions,publishing The Diwali Gift as her first book. When not creating books or Apps, she loves trotting the globe with her husband and daughter.
Shuchi Mehta- After spending her entire childhood enjoying the smells, sights and sounds of beautiful India, Shuchi is passionate about sharing those wonderful experiences with the rest of the world. As a mother of twin boys, who are early readers themselves, she knows the importance of providing children with content that is non-violent, engaging and relatable.
As a marketing professional with a MBA, The Diwali Gift ; is Shuchi s first book which she hopes will bring India a bit closer to children all around the world. Shuchi loves to explore new trails around San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and boys.Review:
Diwali, the enchanting festival of lights is right around the corner, and people all around the world are gearing up to celebrate this in a grand way. Diwali is as important as Christmas for Indians all over the world, and preparations start almost a month in advance. The celebration itself lasts for 3-5 days, and food, lights, clothes & gifts are all an essential part of this beautiful festival. Speaking of gifts, if you are still looking to please the little ones or young readers in your family, then I have a lovely gift to discuss its called The Diwali Gift, a book written by Shweta Chopra and Shuchi Mehta that exposes kids to this wonderful festival in a fun and enchanting way.
The Diwali Gift is a perfect book to introduce a young kid to this festival, and is especially helpful in generating enthusiasm for Diwali for Indian kids that are living out of India. Featuring 3 Curious Monkeys, Suno, Dekho and Jaano, the plot focuses on a mysterious package that arrives at their door a day before Diwali. The kids get excited trying to figure out what it could be, and the authors walk you trough their thoughts and excitement using lovely words and even lovelier images. Suno, the female monkey is pictured in a beautiful Indian Lehengha, complete with bangles and bindi. My daughter loved looking at her picture in the book. There s a scene where the kids video chat with their grandma while discussing the imminence of the gift that she sent, and the conversation between them is truly engaging and will definitely bring a smile to your face. Plus, the authors are highly successful in building up a mystery and sense of intrigue around the secret gift, so your child will be on board with the excitement as she reads the book. When the secret gift is revealed at the end, it leaves you with a meaningful message about the importance of the festival.
The pictures and illustrations need a special mention. The colorful imagery showing the kids making Rangoli patterns, decorating their home with the Diyas, and enjoying fireworks creates a lively image about Diwali in your child s mind so they want to do all those fun things that the kids in the book are doing. My daughter read this book every night since we received it, and she s been making Diwali drawings, making diyas with playdough, and she s excited about what she s going to wear for the festival! That s proof enough that the book is powerful in kindling the Diwali spirit in your kids.
I d say that this would be a perfect Diwali gift for kids under 6-7 years of age. There s a glossary of Indian words at the end, along with a paragraph on how Diwali is celebrated and what is the history behind it which is a great way to educate your kids about an important legend in the Hindu culture. My 5 year old loved every page of the book, and even my 15-month old gets excited looking at the colorful and vibrant pictures. He can even identify a Diya and Rangoli now:) All in all, it was a wonderful and meaningful Diwali gift for my kids, and I urge you to give it a shot too. It is available online at Amazon and a lot of local bookstores are carrying it too. So head out and get a copy for yourself or to give as a gift. Believe me, it will be cherished by kids as well as their parents! --FunandFoodCafe
My daughter currently loves books on the iPad that read out to her. I find it a good use of the screen time she gets in the week.
The Diwali Gift was a fun and contemporary book that we read together. I was looking for a way to explain Diwali that was relevant to my daughter, living as we are in the US. The Diwali Gift does a wonderful job of holding her attention and making Diwali fun!
Suno, Dekho and Jaano are three monkey friends and Suno s grandmother sends them a Diwali Gift. She offers some clues it is round , it is shiny and brings good luck. With each clue the 3 wonder is it Bangles or Sparklers or Diyas? You need to read the book to find out what the lovely gift was that grandma sent.
We loved the touch of calling grandma on video call very much how kids, nowadays, relate to the grandparents. Also Suno twirls around in her lehenga wearing bangles. Well, the next day of course my daughter had to wear lehenga and all her jewelry.
My favorite part of the book was the story offers a narrative of this is how everyone celebrates Diwali. Something we sorely lack in our life here. Everyone knows what to do for Thanksgiving or Christmas. But what are the rituals for Diwali? it is not part of the majority community narrative and this book gives my daughter that.
Get it this Diwali ! Your kids will love to see themselves reflected in the book ! --Indian Moms Connect
The Diwali Gift is a short, cute read that introduces the three main characters of the 3 Curious Monkeys book series Suno, Dekho and Jaano. In a simple way, these adorable characters learn the importance of the holiday and encounter some surprises and fun along the way. Your little ones will do the same...my Jai sure did. He can t stop talking about Diwaaaaalliiii! And that makes this momma s heart sing. I can t wait to see what else is in store for these monkeys!
Just a few things to love about this book: Vivid, come to life illustrations Just the right length not too long, not too short A great conversation starter with your kids on Indian traditions/holidays Glossary at the end defining all the Hindi words used in book iBook (is a read along too...so interactive)/kindle version available ($3.99) And there s a fun app that goes along with the book too! --Chai Mommas
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