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Archie Celebrates Diwali

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Even as an adult really enjoyed the book and the writing.The illustrator also did an amazing job representing the culture and bringing the heart of the story to life.
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5+ stars! Go buy this book! This was a beautiful exploration of Diwali from the perspective of a young girl wanting to share her culture while fearing her friends will judge her. Any and all children (and adults too) can get something out of this gorgeous book. Highly recommend. If nothing else, check it out for the beautiful artwork.

Thank you to NetGalley and Charlesbridge for providing me with this temporary digital arc in exchange for an honest review.
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Archie Celebrates Diwali is a really lovely holiday story about a girl sharing her favourite holiday with friends who have never celebrated it before. It does a really lovely job of showing what the holiday is all about while also showing how nervous Archie is to share it with her friends when she doesn't know what they will think. The illustrations are really bright and feel perfectly festive. All around a very enjoyable read and I would recommend it.
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Lovely book about Archana, called Archie, celebrating the Hindu festival Diwali with her friends. She prepares food and lights with her family, only to find out there´s no electricity. Will they be able to celebrate nonetheless?
I loved the (in the printed book probably bright) illustrations and the glossary for parents to learn more about the customs, food, clothing etc around Diwali.
The only problem was that the kindle edition is out of order, so not easy to understand.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review.
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Archie Celebrates Diwali shows the excitement of a little girl introducing her friends to a part of her culture: Diwali- the Celebration of Lights. Archana aka Archie helps her family to prepare for a special evening of fun, but things do not go as planned. It rains, the decorations are ruined and the electricity goes out!!! The family and friends end up having a candlelight dinner and enjoying delicious food. Archie's friends have a great time, as they are introduced to reason for celebrating Diwali.
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Love this book! 

Growing up reading stories of Mahabharata or Ramayana, this one got my curiosity piqued. What is this Diwali the Indians celebrate about? So the simple explanation in the form of children book suits me well, moreover there are pictures and glossary to add my knowledge about Indian foods or dress.
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This story celebrates Diwali, but also examines the way that Archie feels... She both loves her culture and her holiday -- and worries about how her friends will perceive her, when her traditions are different from theirs. I think this book does a beautiful job of connecting with both the person who may worry about being different and showcasing the beauty and fun of Diwali celebrations with family and friends. It also has some nice sections at the end that would help a teacher or parent talk more about Diwali -- and recipes to make your own diyas!

This picture book would be better geared towards K-2 audiences as it may be a little bit long for some preschoolers.
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Archie's family celebrates Diwali with traditional decorations and feasting, but this year Archie invited friends from school to join them. She begins to look at the traditions with outsider eyes and wonders if they will be looked down on by the children of other cultures. As with most children's books, all turns out well when her friends are open and welcoming to the new experiences. A happy-feel-good book about sharing cultural traditions with those who were not raised with them.
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"For your friends I only put one Chili." Hahahaha

This entire book is just so cute and funny! I could definitely relate to the anxiety of Archie's friends thinking all this cultural stuff is "weird" and I'm sure a lot of other people can too! 

I really would have loved to have a book like this when I was a kid. It's also super educational for people who aren't familiar with Diwali (dhee-vah-lee) with the little guide at the end too. 

I think these kinds of books are also so reassuring to younger kids in the same situation as Archie who maybe feel insecure about their friends judging their culture.  

Representation is so important, and even though I'm much older than the target age group for this book haha this book made me feel seen. Archie even looks like me when I was tiny with her little lehenga which I love so much!!

I really hope it makes other little desi kids feel the same way too.
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I received an electronic ARC from Charlesbridge through NetGalley.
An OwnVoices story that explains Diwali. Archie is excited for the holiday and wants everything to be perfect as she has invited some school friends to join her family's celebration. She's nervous and worried and, unfortunately, several things do go wrong (rain, losing power). Archie discovers that everything does not have to be perfect to make a holiday special. She shares the tale about Rama and Sita defeating the demon, and the people lighting thousands of lights so they could find their way home. The colorful illustrations capture the vibrancy of the holiday and the joy and love shared by this family and friends. Banerjee Ruths uses language that elementary readers can follow. She also provides further information about the holiday at the end of the book.
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This lovely picture book with brightly coloured illustrations is a great way for younger children to learn about Diwali, and it’s got a great diverse & friendship theme. Archie is nervous about inviting her friends to her family’s celebration for the first time but they all have a wonderful time. Very useful & informative glossary explains terms readers may not have heard before and there’s a crafty make at the end that tells children how they can make their own diyas (oil lamps). Would be a fab addition to any primary school library.
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Such an adorable book. Archie wants to celebrate Diwali but the weather has other plans yet her family makes it happen. It was a quick and cute read
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Loved this!  I love how Archie wants to celebrate this holiday but Mother Nature gets in the way and Archie's family just goes with it!  Books that bring together friendship and diversity and learning are SO my jam!
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"I could eat this yummy pillow bread forever."     Same, Virgil.  Same.

A very sweet and happy story about a young girl who invites friends to celebrate Diwali with her family and worries about both typical party mishaps and that her friends won't enjoy or appreciate the celebration.   Pleasantly, everyone is friendly and open to learning more and enjoying the occasion.   It winds up being a great time for everyone and Archie feels more comfortable sharing her holiday and looks forward to an even bigger party next year.

The supplementary information included a description of Diwali and some stories surrounding the celebration, a glossary, and instructions for a craft.  All were appreciated!

Just an FYI - the main character's name is Archana but she says "everyone calls me Archie".  That could very easily be a self-chosen or family nickname, but it also faintly echoes the whitewashing of non-WASP names.   The book doesn't mention this at all, but it does kind of normalize it.   

Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
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This book was sweet, about a girl spending Diwali with her friends and teaching them about the origins. My only problem was that the book was out of order and hard to read/understand in a page by page sense. Other than that, I really liked the book and totally recommend it for readers ages 5-8.
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A really adorable picture book about Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights and how a little girl named Archie introduces this event, her favorite holiday, to her non-Hindu school friends. The illustrations by Parwinder Singh were delightful.

Thank you, NetGalley and Charlesbridge Publishing, for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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First, I liked the female character with the male sounding nickname. Then, I liked how she had so many worries about what her friends would think of her family celebration. They were valid concerns. The explanation of why the different things are done in the religion made sense. I think this would be a great book for youngsters to read and understand a culture other than their own.
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Before reading "Archie Celebrates Diwali" my Daughter and I did not know the history of Diwali. This book did a wonderful job of educating us through a fun, light-hearted story. Archie's favorite holiday is Diwali and this year she wants to invite some of her friends from school to celebrate with her family and share the fun. To welcome her guests she wants to make sure everything is perfect from the paper marigolds to the diyas lined up on the walkway. Her family is making food and her mother helps Archie get into her new lehenga but Archie can't help but worry, "What if the food is too spicy?" "What if my friends think I look weird dressed up like this?" Archie's family welcomes her friends and invites them to try everything and helps explain why they celebrate the Festival of Lights. We enjoyed learning more about the history and traditions of Diwali. I liked that the book spoke to friendship and diversity. A wonderful book with grand illustrations.
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A great way for American kids to learn about the Indian culture! And especially for American Indians to learn and know that they shouldn’t be embarrassed about celebrating their culture or traditions, traditional clothing! I love that there’s a little dictionary at the end describing the Hindi words and instructions on how to make your own diya! 

I also really loved the graphics, colors; how it looked when the lights went out! Will definitely buy this for my future Indian American babies!
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This is a good book that follows Archie has she invites some school friends to celebrate Diwali with her family. It's not a 'beginners' introduction to Diwali in my opinion, although the book does explain the origins and meaning of the festival, quite a lot of the specific words such as 'Rangoli', or 'diva' are used throughout the text without explanation. That being said, there is a glossary of terms and a fantastic few fact pages at the end of the story. 
In the classroom, I'd use this text with probably Year 2 and up -  children who would hopefully be familiar with Diwali and could build on that knowledge whilst also developing empathy and understanding towards different cultures.  I also think this book would be a great tool for Hindu children who live within western-heavy communities to read; it talks a lot about Archie's worries about sharing her culture and shows how her friends reactive positively. 

The book is relatively text heavy, it's got a clear plot line to it - there is a powercut during the festivities that cause everything to pause - though this also makes it not just a story about Diwali so it's worth considering the purpose of you reading the text.
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