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category: Children's Fiction
published: March 2016
ISBN:9781554987559
publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

Malaika’s Costume

by Nadia Hohn & Irene Luxbacher

tagged: caribbean & latin america, emigration & immigration
Description

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.

About the Authors

Nadia Hohn

Nadia L. Hohn is a writer, musician and educator. The manuscript of Malaika’s Costume, her first picture book, won the Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s Story Award. She is also the author of two forthcoming non-fiction titles, Music and Media Studies, part of the Sankofa series, which won the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Multicultural Non-Fiction. She lives in Toronto, where she teaches French, music and the arts at an alternative elementary school.


Irene Luxbacher

Nadia L. Hohn is a writer, musician and educator. The manuscript of Malaika’s Costume, her first picture book, won the Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s Story Award. She is also the author of two forthcoming non-fiction titles, Music and Media Studies, part of the Sankofa series, which won the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Multicultural Non-Fiction. She lives in Toronto, where she teaches French, music and the arts at an alternative elementary school.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 7
Reading age:
3 to 7
Awards
  • Winner, Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario Children's Literature Award
Editorial Reviews

A fun choice for libraries seeking books about creativity in general or the Caribbean in particular.

— School Library Journal

. . . an engaging, poignant story with exquisite taste and wonderful details.

— Kinderlit

Malaika’s Costume is a highly recommended story that celebrates the different cultures of the world and the emotional journey of a young child.

— CM Magazine

The text is told in the colloquial voice of the little girl, and readers will quickly and easily feel a part of her circle. Carnival is an important holiday in many cultures, and it's good to have a picture book to celebrate it.

— Horn Book

This is actually a realistic portrait of the consequences of global immigration and economics. But it’s also the story of how much little girls love their moms. Beautiful.

— Globe and Mail

Like a rainbow peacock itself, the illustrations in this book burst with a frenzy of colors and textures.

— Booklist Online

A wholly earned celebration.

— Kirkus

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Malaika's Costume

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?

Indo-Caribbean students will connect to the story of the young girl who is waiting to be reunited with her mother who has moved to Canada. When teaching social studies, this book will help readers learn about Afrocentric identity, consider the diversity of families, the importance of carnival and cultural celebrations, and the specific bond between grandparent and grandchild. The idea of creating a costume is central to this story, thus inspiring students to share stories of costumes in their own lives.

Also available: Chin Chiang and the Dragon's Dance

Author available for school visits @Nadialhohn

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

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