Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374350154, 32pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2003
Get out your umbrellas!
Children play, birds call, and grownups go about their business during the hot days of summer in northern India. But in the bustle of street and marketplace, everyone is watching, waiting for those magical clouds to bring their gift of rain to the land. Through the observations of one young girl, the scents and sounds, the dazzling colors, and the breathless anticipation of
a parched cityscape are vividly evoked during the final days before the welcome arrival of the monsoon.
Rhythmic prose and vivid chalk pastels flood the senses and take the reader on a tour of diverse urban India.
Jamel Akib grew up in Malaysia and now lives in Leigh-on-Sea, England. This is his first picture book.
"Richly colored illustrations and lyrical text...An expressive story about seasons, extremes, and waiting." -Kirkus Reviews
"A welcome glimpse into another culture and climate." --Booklist