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Monsoon Afternoon

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  37 reviews
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
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Peachtree Publishing Company
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Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Readers Looking for Stories About Grandparents and/or Set in India
Indian-American author Kashmira Sheth and Japanese-American illustrator Yoshiko Jaeggi, whose previous collaboration, My Dadima Wears a Sari , focused on a young girl and her grandmother, here turn their attention to the story of a young boy and his grandfather. Hoping to convince someone to play with him, the boy goes from one relative to the next, only to discover that his mother and father, his grandmother, and his older brother are all too busy doing other things. Fortunately, his Dadaji, ...more
Nick Westurn
I really enjoyed the overall feel of this book. I am a sucker for books about family bonding and this one made me want to call my grandfather and hang out for the day. Overall, it has a very neat story and great art to accompany it, and it's topped off with a nice message about how important family is.
Jan 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
A little boy sees the dark clouds gathering just before the rain begins to fall. He asks each person in his family to join him playing outside in the rain, but no one will until his Dadaji, grandfather, finds him looking glum by the open door. The boy and his grandfather float paper boats in the washtub until the rain stops. They take a walk and notice that the ants have disappeared, the banyan leaves are shining, and the peacocks are dancing, just as they did when Dadaji was a boy. When his gra ...more
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1-arab
Summary: Monsoon afternoon takes place in the west coast of India. The story is a lighthearted story about a boy wanting to go out and play in the rain from the monsoon. He asks his grandmother, mother and father to go with him, but they can’t they were busy. Finally, his grandfather goes with him. They build boats and sail them in the wash bucket, walk through the town, and pick mangoes. The story shows how similar the boy is to his grandfather. It also shows the changes in the area due to the ...more
Sep 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Affectionately written by Kashmira Sheth and beautifully illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi, Monsoon Afternoon is a simple story about a boy who wants to play in the rain during monsoon season in India. Everybody is busy doing other things except for his beloved grandfather, his Dadaji. While the little boy and Dadaji enjoy their afternoon in the rain, the reader is introduced to what everyday life must be like in India. The text introduces the reader to common sights seen in India, such as banyan tr ...more
Katie Logonauts
This endearing picture book explores the first day of monsoon season as told through the eyes of the younger brother and his adventures with his Dadaji (grandfather). Great connections to the past and the future as well.
Luisa Knight
A little boy spends a leisurely afternoon with his grandpa, playing in the rain and exploring after the monsoon rain has subsided. A sweet story.

Ages: 4 - 8

Cleanliness: there are a few images of gods in the background of the pictures.

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Tom Ericksen
I absolutely adored this book. The relationship between the main character and his grandfather is precious. It reminded me of my relationship with my grandfather when I was a boy. The pictures managed to take you to India and immerse yourself in the streets. It was breathe of fresh air to see how care-free the grandfather was with his grandson.
This story about Moonsoon season in India is incredibly sweet and charming. This was a pleasure to read and it had lovely illustrations. I also appreciated that I could connect with the story although I have not experienced a monsoon of any kind. Definitely recommended.
Hema Penmetsa
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book (both writing and illustrations are amazing)! It almost reads like a lullaby for a rainy day even as it depicts the beauty of inter-generational relationships and love and respect for nature.
Ms Threlkeld
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely story of the bond between a boy and his grandfather.
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice story about a boy and his grandfather spending the day together during monsoon season in India. Nice illustrations.
Deanna Detchemendy
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story threads and illustrations tying generations together. This is a sweet book about the fun to be had by a boy and his grandfather when the monsoon begins.
Haley Van
Multicultural realistic fiction (2008)

This book follows a grandpa and his grandson on an adventure during a monsoon. I love how the book integrates Indian tradition and culture, as well as the language. Perhaps my favorite thing about Kashmiri Sheth's book is she makes them relatable to all children. She gives them a relatable context to explore a new culture. Her authors notes also include her own memories of the culture she illustrates. In the classroom, this book could be used to teach about
James Daniels
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A good story of a little boy and his family that lives in India. During the monsoon season(rainy season) he is bored with nothing to do. He wanted to explore life and play only there no one to do these things with because everyone is busy about their business. Mother working, father studying, his brother is eating, which he had asked all of them to go outside and play with him. The only one who was not to busy was Dadaji his grandfather, who had watched his grandson staring out the window and fe ...more
(NS) Lauren
Sep 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: multicultural
Grade Level: K-2

Monsoon Afternoon is set in modern-day India, at the start of the rainy season. A young boy searches for a playmate to no avail until his grandfather, Dadaji, agrees to spend the rainy afternoon outdoors. As the pair sail paper boats together, explore the banyan trees, and admire a peacock, for the first time the boy realizes that his grandfather was once young like him too. There are beautiful, watercolor illustrations depicting daily life in India. Students across cultures coul
Mary Nguyen
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
The watercolor pictures gorgeously illustrate monsoon season in India. This book is about a young boy who is looking for someone to play outside with him in the rain, but his family is too busy, except for his Dadaji (grandfather). Together they sail paper boats outside, swing on the roots of a banyan tree, and watch the peacocks in the rain. Throughout all of this, the young boy asks if Dadaji did all these things when he was a young boy. When they return home, Dadima (grandmother) scolds them ...more
Mary L.
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
As the rain rolls in, a young boy searches for something to do, only everyone in his family is already busy doing something. He then comes across his Dadaji (grandfather), who takes a walk with the boy on this monsoon afternoon. Dadaji reminisces about his own childhood and his experiences with monsoon. Their walk takes them through the conventional experiences of life in India, such as swinging from a banyan tree, picking mangoes from a mango tree, and having ginger and cinnamon scented tea wit ...more
Marissa Reyes
The book Monsoon Afternoon by Kashmira Sheath is an easy read for children as it captures the true essence of the Indian culture, causing children to realize that although countries do things differently, little events like playing in the rain with family is easily relatable because many children can pinpoint a member of their family that would not deny the opportunity to have fun in the rain with them. The art in which artist choose to illustrate a book can either strengthen or weaken the book, ...more
Karina Espinales
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a fiction book. It explains the story about a child and the grandparent and what they did after a monsoon. It has some Indian words used to describe family relations, such as the Indian word for grandpa. The illustrations show the culture of India like the clothes. There is also a comparison between the grandparent’s and the child’s childhood. This is a great book for the children to see how the people from different places dress up and they can also relate by the relationship they have ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
A young boy in India is happy to see the monsoon rains begin, but he can't find anyone to go out and play in the rain with him--until he asks his grandfather. I remember getting on my bathing suit and playing out in the rain when I was a kid, so I can relate to this. I like this gentle story of the boy and his grandfather as they spend the afternoon in the rain. Makes the rain so appealing. Yoshiko Jaeggi's soft pastel illustrations add to the magic of the afternoon. Very nice.
A boy and his grandfather, Dadaji, play together on a rainy monsoon afternoon. The author draws from her own childhood memories of growing up in Western India. (she currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin.) A lovely relationship between grandfather and grandchild. Illustrations and story incorporate cultural elements like food (mangos, guavas, tea) plants and animals(banyan tree, peacocks),and everyday life of an Indian household.
Melody Richardson
This book paints a beautiful picture of what an afternoon in a monsoon could be like. Although thought of as a terrible storm, this family takes the monsoon and uses it to bond and create a wonderful experience. The grandfather takes his grandchild through all of the fun things they can do during the storm, and gets them home just in time for grandma's dinner. It is a great peek into what it might be like for that family, and a good story to open the students eyes to different cultures.
Aug 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Asian/Pacific American Librarians association awards this book as Honorable Mention for Picture Book in 2009. After finished the book, I want to go to the India during monsoon season. It is a sweet book to share with young children. They may ask you to take them to a walk on a rainy day after you finished the book :)
Denise M
Oct 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great book my boys loved it....when they read the cover they ask what was Monsoon?? and bye the end of it they knew it is the rainy seasson.
I'm from Ecuador- South America, and I enjoy Kashmira's books a lot.
It is a gentle intruduction to Indian Culture and that keeps me close to my Indian friends.
Jan 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books-jp
Another lovely offering from Kashmira Sheth on the subject of grandparents - this time it is the grandfather who is the companion of the grandson telling the story. Their loving gentle relationship shown as they find fun things to do to in the rain.
Brogan Todd
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 00-in-class
This book shared the story of a family who lived in the Asian area and the journey of the young boys day with his grandpa. They did many activities during the monsoon that represented the bond between the two and the love of their family.
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Word Count: 1,166
Reading Level: 3.7
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 127008 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.1 / points:1.0
Lexile: AD530L
Guided Reading Level: N
Fountas & Pinnell: N
Aug 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Wonderfully illustrated and a sweet story. I like books that include elders.
Feb 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A story about a boy and his grandfather and the activities they do during the monsoon in India. Perfect for a unit on family.
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Kashmira Sheth grew up in Bhavangar, Gujarat, for eight years, when she was three she joined Montessori school. She lived with her grandparents, because her parents lived in Mumbai three hundred miles away from Bhavangar.
At eight years Sheth, left Bhavangar, for Mumbai.
She did her studying there until she was seventeen. She left Mumbai, to go to college, in Ames Iowa to do her BS at Iowa State Un

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