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Whatever Could It Be?
Join the 3 Curious Monkeys – Suno, Dekho and Jaano – as they discover the most auspicious, wonderful Diwali Gift! When a mysterious package arrives just in time for Diwali, the three friends can hardly contain their excitement! Sparklers? Bangles? Diyas? Whatever could it be?
Discover the most special gift of all... in this tale of tradition, curiosity, and fun!
• Fixed layout presentation that mirrors the visual reading experience found in a printed picture book.
• Read Aloud includes word highlighting in sync with the voice narration. This serves as spelling and pronunciation aids for little kids.
• Supports text searches, dictionary & wikipedia lookups.
In a warm, festive story that introduces readers to the Hindu holiday of Diwali, three anthropomorphic child monkeys Suno, Dekho, and Jaano receive a wrapped gift from Suno's dadima (grandmother) on the eve of the celebration. The monkeys take turns guessing what might be inside that package (sparklers, bangles), discovering instead that the present holds a series of smaller wrapped gifts, each with its own riddle ("I am round and shiny, so keep me in a safe place"). Finally, the friends learn that the gifts are three silver coins with images of the deities Lakshmi and Ganesh; a video chat with Suno's chuckling dadima reveals the thinking behind the present: "When you place it in the Pooja Thali on Diwali night, it makes all your wishes come true." While the doe-eyed monkeys don't get much in the way of distinct personalities, Koan's polished digital cartoons make them expressive and relatable. An afterword offers more concrete details about the festival of lights, as well as a brief glossary defining terms mentioned in the text. Ages 4 8. (BookLife)