There is no better way to educate your kids about the significance of Navratri and Dussehra than reading out to them books related to these festivals. Reading out story books not only works when you have to explain a new concept or event but also to reiterate how significant these festivals are in the Indian culture. Whether you are reading out for the first time or are a regular reader of story books to your kids, these titles will soon fascinate your little reader.
- Amma tell me about Durga Puja by Bhakti Mathur - The city is abuzz with fanfare and fervour. Giant idols under wraps, ready to be unveiled, colourful pandaals receive finishing touches to host one of the biggest outdoor festivals in India! Celebrate the homecoming of a loving daughter, thevictory of the goddess and a demon's defeat. See how Ma Durga outshone even the mighty gods. How a woman achieved an impossible feat!
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- Tales of Durga by Amar Chitra Katha- Goddess Durga is the fierce form of Devi who, as Shakti, is considered the personification of Universal energy. According to the Devi Bhagavata, the universe is but her manifestation. The worship of Durga is believed to be more than 4,000 years old in India.
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- Festivals of India by OM Books - The colourful festivals of India are an integral part of the life of its people. They are symbols of the rich cultural heritage of this diverse land. Each unique festival is a celebration of great significance, where India comes alive and is at its fascinating best. This beautifully illustrated book tells you all about festivals starting from the story behind each festival being celebrated.
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- Chota Kumbhakarna by Arundhati Venkatesh- Every night, Kukku wants his father to tell him his favourite story. It is about the giant Kumbhakarna who sleeps non-stop for six months — and Kukku falls asleep just as Kumbhakarna does. In Kukku’s dream, everyone is trying everything to wake up the giant. Nothing works. A lively retelling of an episode from the Ramayana with wildly funny pictures.
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- Ravana Refuses to Die – The little town of Babubari seems to attract all kinds of dubious characters—sinister sadhus, annoyed actors, slimy sethjis, and marauding monkeys. And the Babubari gang - Jitu, Muru, Chippa, and Chipkili - are always in the thick of things.
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- Rama and the Demon king – Banished by his jealous stepmother, the good and brave Prince Rama has lived in the forest for 14 years, along with his beautiful wife Sita and his loyal brother Lakshaman. Rama has triumphed over the demons that dwell there and the three live a simple, peaceful life among the forest animals. But it is not to last, for the ten-headed King of the Demons vows to take revenge. Eye-catching illustrations, based on the Indian tradition of shadow-puppetry, convey the exuberance of a millennia-old tale which is still very much alive today.
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- Hanumans Ramayan - Valmiki has barely put down his pen after completing his magnificent creation, the epic Ramayan, when he realises he has competition. The sage Narad tells him that there is a better Ramayan, written by Hanuman. Valmiki is devastated! As the story of Hanuman's Ramayan unfolds, humorously and gently, so does the idea that there is no one version of the well-loved story about Ram, Sita, Hanuman, and Ravan, but many. Here, the quirky illustrations based on the style of Mithila folk paintings tell their own story.
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- Celebrate Dussehra & Durga Puja – Now enjoy your favourite festivals even more with stories and fun things to do throughout the year! Bring on the celebrations - its Durga Puja and Dussehra time! Ten whole days for fun and festivities, and thanking the gods and goddesses for their blessings. From fasting to feasting, from Rama dramas to burning Ravanas, from exchanging leaves to exchanging gifts, different people in different parts of the country celebrate these festivals in all kinds of ways, and you can know all about it!
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- Celebrate Durga Puja with Me - This book is part of the series 'From the Toddler Diaries' and it celebrates Durga Puja as experienced by 3 year old Riya. This artfully portrayed '5 Days of Pujo' appeals to young and old alike. Shashti, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami, and Bijoya Dashami - the cultural colours have a pronounced Bengali connection, but are universal to Durga Puja celebrations across several communities. Easy to read and enthusiastically endorsed by 3-8 year olds and their parents. From The Toddler Diaries: Pictures. A thousand words.
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- Amma tell me about Ramayana- Amma Tell Me is a charming and informative series of children's books that introduces the major Hindu festivals and figures to young readers and are perfect for families wanting to share stories of Hinduism with their children or for educators looking for resource on the Hindu culture for their students. Written in rhyme, with vivid, captivating illustrations, this series brings Hindu mythology to its readers in a fun and non-preachy way. The series has ten books on the festivals of Holi, Diwali, and on the Hindu gods Krishna, Hanuman, and Ganesha.
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