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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Nola The Nurse and Friends Explore The Holi Fest: She’s On The Go Series Vol. 2 by Dr. Scharmaine L. Baker and Marvin Alonso revolves around Nola who likes to play a nurse and take care of her friends’ dolls. She also loves to wear the nurse practitioner uniform her mother has bought for her. Seven-year-old Nola likes to ride bikes and visit her friends who live nearby. Nola is excited when her Indian friends, Anita and Adar, invite her to celebrate Holi, an Indian festival. She goes with her friend, Bax, who also likes to play nurse practitioner. Everyone there knows they are nurse practitioners and they go to check on the sick dolls. How is the festival of Holi celebrated and do Nola and Bax enjoy playing with colors?
The story captures the essence of the Holi festival beautifully and explains to readers in detail how it is celebrated. The illustrations are bright and colorful and they make the author’s concept and tone clear and interesting. It’s a good bedtime storybook and parents and grandparents can read it out to their kids and grandkids. It can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries as it teaches children about India, its culture, food, and about the Holi festival in detail. The Chicken Biryani recipe shared by the author at the end of the book can be tried out by everyone and will give an idea of the taste of an Indian dish. The concept is original and the story is educational and informative for young readers.