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.
|Publisher:||Yali Publishing LLC|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 6 Years|
About the Author
Debasmita Dasgupta enjoys drawing children with big eyes and shining smiles in a world of bright colors. After her first picture book The Friday Fair (KATHA India) was published in 2010, she has gone on to illustrate 11 more books. Her work has been exhibited in Italy, Singapore, and Thailand. She is also the founder of My Father Illustrations, an online movement to amplify voices of fathers who fearlessly defend the rights of their daughters. She lives and works in Singapore.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a delightful book about a little girl, Mina, who wants to play soccer, but can't because of the rainy weather outside. (It is monsoon season). She can't understand why her mother won't let her. She tries to distract herself, but just can't. Then she discovers that her mother used to play soccer, and she gives her her old jersey, and the rain stops, and they go out and play together. I love that the mother used to play, and still plays with her daughter. I also love that Mina has such a passion for playing. The book is supposed to get girls interested in playing, because that builds their confidence, and helps keep them in school, so they can get a good education. The pictures are bright and colorful, and we get to learn words and things in Urdu and Hindi, both by use in context, as well as a glossary at the end of the book. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
A lovely story about a girl who wants to play soccer even though it's raining season. So, her mom is helping her continue her game by joining her outside. The illustrations are nice, colorful, but I did not like it much. Thanks Netgalley for this copy.