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Monsoon Afternoon

by Kashmira Sheth
illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi

It is monsoon season in India. Outside, dark clouds roll in and the rain starts to fall. As animals scatter to find cover, a young boy and his dadaji (grandfather) head out into the rainy weather.

The two sail paper boats. They watch the peacocks dance in the rain, just as the colorful birds did when Dadaji was a boy. They pick mangoes and Dadaji lifts up his grandson so he can swing on the roots of the banyan tree, just as Dadaji did when he was young. Finally, when the two return home, hot tea and a loving family are waiting.

Author Kashmira Sheth’s affectionate, sensitive story provides a look into Indian life and the shared moments and memories that bind generations together. Illustrator Yoshiko Jaeggi’s colorful and fanciful watercolor illustrations recreate the lush Indian landscape during monsoon season, and capture the bond of love that unites a grandfather and his grandson.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-455-6
Publication Date: 9/1/2008
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/5″ x 9-9/10″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.7
F&P: GRL N, Gr 3, Genre RF
Lexile: AD530L
Themes: Intergenerational Relationship, Monsoon Season
BISAC 1: JUV013030 JUVENILE FICTION / Family/Multigenerational
BISAC 2: JUV029020 JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & The Natural World/Weather
BISAC 3: JUV051000 JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play

Reviews

“Children of all backgrounds will easily recognize both the boy’s delight in the dramatic rainstorm and the warm intergenerational relationship.” ―Booklist

“Soft watercolors underscore the warm relationship between generations…This beautiful and atmospheric picture book makes a great addition for all multicultural collections.” ―School Library Journal

“This is a story grandparents and grandchildren are likely to read together again and again.” ―Bloomsbury Review

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“Children everywhere will recognize the pull of the rain and mud and the desire for connection with their families.” ―Library Media Connection

“Speaks to the unique bond between generations in every culture.” ―Atlanta Parent

“Her watercolors are engaging and add to the impact of the prose… Children who haven’t encountered the monsoons will get an idea of the season’s pleasures, and those who have will revel in the memories this book conjures.” ―India Currents Magazine

“Vividly descriptive” ―New York Amsterdam News

“The author evokes [the] magical world of her childhood in India.” ―Smithsonian Magazine Online

“Its beautiful watercolor art show the affection between a boy and his grandfather and capture the flavor of life in India.” ―Virginian-Pilot

“Jaeggi’s soft, expressive watercolors are a perfect complement to Sheth’s evocative text, and offer a wealth of cultural details” ―Paper Tigers, BOOK OF THE MONTH

“A luscious journey into the life of a young boy living in modern India.” ―University of Arizona: World of Words

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Awards

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature (Honorable Mention, Picture Book) ―Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), 2009

CCBC Choices (Picture Books for School-Age Children) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center, 2009

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People ―National Council for the Social Studies/Children’s Book Council, 2009

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Outstanding Books ―Wisconsin Library Association, 2008

Read On Wisconsin! (Preschool) ―Read On Wisconsin! April, 2010

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Meet the Author

Kashmira Sheth was born in India and came to the US when she was seventeen to attend Iowa State University, where she received a BS in microbiology. She is the author of several picture books,  middle grade, and young adult novels. Sheth teaches at Pine Manor College, in their Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program.  She lives in Wisconsin. You can visit  her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Yoshiko Jaeggi was trained in her native Japan at the Osaka Municipal Institute of Fine Art and has illustrated several children’s books. She lives in Maryland. You can visit her website here.