Today, my husband forwarded me this lovely and heart-warming message that he had received from a colleague:
Hello and Namaste to all,
As some of you may know today is the Indian festival of Holi (festival of colours).
It is the day to Express Love with Colours, it’s a time to show affection!
Holi is a joyous celebration of the rejuvenation of nature, and renewed hope of happiness and peaceful coexistence. People throw coloured water and powder at each other and make merry. Singing and dancing add to the gaiety of the occasion. The exuberant display of colours symbolises the advent of a colourful and prosperous spring season.
Wishing You a Holi Coloured with Joy, Sprinkled with Laughter and Filled with Warmth!!!
May this festivity of Holi bring into Your life vibrant colours of Happiness.
Inspired by such a lovely message, I started thinking about the importance of colour in our lives and what an impact is has on our moods and feelings.Sadly, there don't seem to be many children's books available in the UK about this festival (if you can prove me wrong, PLEASE do!) so I have chosen two picture books which prove 'a little colour can go a long, long way.'
'The Colour Thief', written and illustrated by Gabriel Alborozo, is a wonderfully thought-provoking story about Zot, who lives in a world without colour. From his dull grey mountain-top, he spots a wonderfully colourful planet sparkling in the night sky. The colour he finds when he arrives makes him so happy, Zot considers staying there forever. However, when he remembers his friends back home, he decides to take all the colour back to his home planet.
Zot thinks again about what he's doing when he realises the impact of his actions on others.
The story is simply, yet powerfully illustrated. The vibrant colours which Zot leeches from each page underline the message of the text perfectly. There is much to discuss in the story about sharing, not spoiling the environment and caring for one another- so perhaps this is the perfect book to celebrate the message of Holi after all -bringing into each others' lives the 'vibrant colours of Happiness'.
A beautiful story!
The Colour Thief written and illustrated by Gabriel Alborozo.
Bloomsbury ISBN: 978-1408847534
'The Colour Monster', written and illustrated by Anna Llenas, explores the colour monster's feeling through colour. Brilliantly illustrated in a very child-friendly style , the story follows the monster's friend as she helps him explore all his feelings one by one until he's left all pink with a new, unnamed emotion!
The story offers the perfect way into discussions about feelings and how to cope with them.
Another simple, yet powerful story which uses colour in such a positive way!
The Colour Monster written and illustrated by Anna Llenas
Templar ISBN: 978-1783704231