Lights for Gita

Title

Lights for Gita

Authors

Rachna Gilmore

Illustrator

Alice Priestley

Publisher

Tilbury House

Publication Year

1994

ISBN

9780884481508

Pages

24 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Gita's family has only recently emigrated from India. Although she misses her relatives and friends, she has already made some friends in her new home. Today, she is looking forward to her favorite holiday: Divali, a festival of lights with fireworks, laughter, and exchanges of sweets. But Gita's plans soon fall apart and she becomes homesick and sad.

Grade Level

PK-1; K-3

Lexile Measure

600L

Diversity Topics

Culture/Ethnicity; Immigrants and refugees; immigrant family, immigrant children, immigrant parents, resettlement, relocation

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

Asian (Indian)

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

White Ravens Award, 1996, Winner, Canada

Keywords

Divali; Diwali; snow; ice; lights; fireworks; friends; celebration; homesick; hopeful; new home; rain; holiday; grandparents; Lakshmi; happiness; prosperity

Diversity Impact

direct

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