Mina vs. the Monsoon


Mina vs. the Monsoon

by Rukhsanna Guidroz

Illustrated by Debasmita Dasgupta

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.


Age Range: 4-6 years
Type: Hardcover and Paperback, 38 pages
Publisher: Yali Books
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1949528985 (Hardcover)

Advance Praise:

“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.” – Kirkus Reviews (STARRED)

“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.” – Booklist

“Mina is a ray of sunshine in a bright shalwar kameez, anklets tinkling and henna decorating her hands…” – Foreword Reviews


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Mina vs. the Monsoon

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