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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Four Days of Pongal: The Harvest Festival of South India by Lakshmi Narayani throws light on the Pongal Festival, known as a harvest festival, celebrated by people in the southern part of India who speak the Tamil language. The book discusses all aspects of the festival, giving information to young readers about the festival whose history can be traced back to thousands of years ago and which is unique. The festival is dedicated to nature and farmers usually thank the sun, the rain, and the cattle after harvesting their crops. Celebrated over four days in the month of January, Pongal also marks the beginning of the sun’s yearly journey northwards.
It is a good book for all parents to read out to their children, especially when they want to introduce them to a new festival. The illustrations are wonderful and they capture the essence of the festival beautifully, helping children understand all aspects of this harvest festival. The festival teaches children to be grateful to nature, keep their homes clean and clutter free, and promote a society that nurtures relationships. The book is educational and informative and it is a good book to have in school libraries for children to get acquainted with different types of festivals. The author has handled the topic extensively, telling young readers everything associated with the Pongal festival, and also conveys the important messages the festival spreads among people. It is a perfect book as a gift for children because of the messages and information it gives to young readers.