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Groundwood Books

Malaika’s Costume

Written by Nadia L. Hohn • Written by Irene Luxbacher

For kids 3 - 7 years old | Published March 01, 2016 | ISBN 9781773067889
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Caribbean & Latin America

Cover of Malaika’s Costume

Regular price $16.95 CAD

32 pages
Digital Format

About this book

Malaika’s Costume

The Malaika Series: Book 1

Nadia L. Hohn • Irene Luxbacher

It’s Carnival time. The first Carnival since Malaika’s mother moved to Canada to find a good job and provide for Malaika and her grandmother. Her mother promised she would send money for a costume, but when the money doesn’t arrive, will Malaika still be able to dance in the parade?

Disappointed and upset at her grandmother’s hand-me-down costume, Malaika leaves the house, running into Ms. Chin, the tailor, who offers Malaika a bag of scrap fabric. With her grandmother’s help, Malaika creates a patchwork rainbow peacock costume, and dances proudly in the parade.

A heartwarming story about family, community and the celebration of Carnival, Nadia Hohn’s warm and colloquial language and Irene Luxbacher’s vibrant collage-style illustrations make this a strikingly original picture book.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.6
With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.1
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

Awards and Praise
A fun choice for libraries seeking books about creativity in general or the Caribbean in particular.
  • Commended USBBY's Outstanding International Books List, 2017
  • Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, 2017
  • Commended OLA Best Bets Honourable Mention, 2016
  • Commended School Library Journal Best Picture Books, 2016
  • Runner-up Américas Award Honorable Mention, 2017
  • Winner Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario Children's Literature Award, 2016
  • Commended CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, starred selection, 2016