Mina vs. the Monsoon

by Rukhsanna Guidroz (Author) Debasmita Dasgupta (Illustrator)

Mina vs. the Monsoon
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Mina loves to play soccer all year round. Nothing comes close to it. But when the monsoon arrives, Mina is stuck indoors and she can't help feeling restless and bored. Her ammi doesn't understand. The doodhwalla doesn't understand. That's when Mina decides she'll find ways of chasing away the clouds herself. In doing so, she makes an unexpected discovery. Soccer will never be the same again for Mina!

In a charming story that any kid who loves a sport will relate to, soccer-mad Mina tries just about any trick to stop the monsoon clouds from raining on her game. In doing so, she shows us glimpses of her life in a village in eastern India, highlighting the important role played by monsoon rains in this part of the world. The heart of the story, however, is the bond forged between a mother and her daughter on a gray, gloomy day.


Booklist

This charming bilingual book has universal appeal and cultural specificity...a richly colored palette and crisp digital illustrations combine with a story that is refreshingly free of stereotypical tropes, making this a delightful addition to the #OwnVoices offerings for younger readers.

Kirkus

Starred Review
On close inspection, it is so much more than it seems: a delightful picture book about a girl child discovering a wondrous secret about her mother.

Review quotes

"Mina is a ray of sunshine in a bright shalwar kameez, anklets tinkling and henna decorating her hands..." - Foreword Reviews

Rukhsanna Guidroz
Rukhsanna Guidroz is the author of Mina vs. the Monsoon and Leila in Saffron. She studied French at King's College, London, and political science at the Sorbonne, Paris, before living and working in Hong Kong as a journalist. After becoming a mother, Rukhsanna began her teaching career, working with students from kindergarten to high school. She now lives in Maui, Hawaii where she's taken up surfing. Learn more about her at www.rukhsannaguidroz.com.

Fahmida Azim is an illustrator, author, and tea drinker. She immigrated to the United States from Bangladesh as a child and grew up in northern Virginia, graduating with a BFA in Communication Arts from VCUarts. Her art frequently addresses the themes of identity, culture, and autonomy and has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, and Vice. Fahmida now lives and works in Seattle. Learn more about her at https: //fahmida-azim.com/.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781949528992
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Yali Books
Publication date
December 20, 2018
Series
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