Mina loves to play soccer all year around. 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! Follow Leila’s journey as she uses her senses of sight, smell, taste, touch to seek out the characteristics that make up her unique identity, and finds reasons to feel proud of herself, just as she is.
A charming picture book about a special bond created between mother and daughter on a grey, gloomy day. Ages 4-6. (2018 Release)
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2018 "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."
"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
When Leila looks in the mirror, she doesn’t know if she likes what she sees. But when her grandmother tells her the saffron beads on her scarf suit her, she feels a tiny bit better. So, Leila spends the rest of their family dinner night on the lookout for other parts of her she does like.
Follow Leila’s journey as she uses her senses of sight, smell, taste, touch to seek out the characteristics that make up her unique identity, and finds reasons to feel proud of herself, just as she is. Ages 4-8.
“A glorious book that’s a feast for both eyes and ears, this story set in a multicultural context will ring true for children of all stripes.” Kirkus Reviews