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In Binny’s Diwali by Thrity Umrigar, Binny's class is learning about different holidays. It is Binny's turn to share, and she is planning to talk about Diwali, a festival of lights Binny's Hindu family celebrates. When it is Binny's time to speak...she can't! She is so nervous she can't remember what she wanted to say! Everyone laughs and stares, but Binny manages to find her words anyway! She talks about diyas and jalebis and pedas. Do you know what those are? Watch this video to listen to the story and learn about Diwali, just like the kids in Binny's class. After watching the video you can learn more from Binny's printable learning sheet, The Diwali Story.

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After listening to the story, talk about some of the things that happened in it.

  • What did Binny have for breakfast instead of cereal on her special day?
  • What advice did Mr. Boomer give Binny to help her relax?
  • How many days do people celebrate Diwali?
  • Can you think of another holiday when kids are allowed to carry sparklers?

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Click on the book cover below to listen to another Diwali story read aloud.

Lilu's Bright Diwali

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Sing along with The Let’s Go Club to find out all about Diwali.

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Find some crayons or makers to color a Diwali picture or find Diwali words.

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Here are six play ideas about rabbits from Kevin Henkes, the author of Little White Rabbit and Egg. Scroll to the section Moving, Making, and Playing for several ideas to get your little bunny jumping.

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