Diwali is such a HUGE celebration.
Lights, fireworks, sweets & new beginnings ... it really is an important event.
Author Kiran Lyall has penned a charming story focusing on the mischief siblings Ria & Raj get up to whilst preparations for Diwali are underway.
Mum has asked Ria and Raj to do just one thing .. help prepare the sweets for their Diwali celebrations. All they have to do is mould lots of little circles. No funny shapes. Just circles ... and lots of them! Ria and Raj have other ideas, and after lots of squishing and squashing ... well, let's just say that wasn't want mum had planned!!
Elements of the Diwali celebrations are carefully incorporated into the story - dad brings home presents, brightly coloured lights are seen in the kitchen, and that final illustration depicts the family resplendent in their new clothes. However, the main focus is on the antics of Ria & Raj making this a charming little story in its own right.
Venisha Sudra's illustrations are vibrant and clear, making Ria & Raj and the Gigantic Diwali Surprise a great picture book to read in the classroom too.
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