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Malaika’s Costume

by Nadia L. Hohn & Irene Luxbacher

tagged: caribbean & latin america, emigration & immigration
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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 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.

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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.

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Awards
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Runner-up, Américas Award Honorable Mention
  • Commended, USBBY's Outstanding International Books List
  • Commended, School Library Journal Best Picture Books
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets Honourable Mention
  • Winner, Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario Children's Literature Award
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, starred selection
Editorial Reviews

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

— School Library Journal

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

A wholly earned celebration.

— Kirkus

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

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

— Kinderlit

Hohn employs a unique style of voice that is both figuratively and literaly lyrical.

— Canadian Children's Book News

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