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Malaika’s Surprise

by Nadia L. Hohn, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher

tagged: new baby, stepfamilies, birthdays
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publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Description

When Malaika finds out she is going to have a new baby brother or sister, she worries that her mother will forget about her. But a surprise arrives on Malaika’s birthday that gives her more reason to celebrate her family’s love.

It’s summertime, and Malaika and Adèle are enjoying playing carnival in their bright costumes, dancing and laughing in the sunshine. But when Mummy announces that they will soon have a new baby brother or sister, Malaika is unsure how to feel about another change in her family. Will Mummy forget about me?

Back at school, Malaika is excited to see her teacher and classmates, and makes friends with a new girl who has recently arrived from a faraway country, just like Malaika. Then on her birthday, a surprise arrives to remind Malaika of the importance of family, and the story ends with a celebration of her family’s love.

Malaika’s Surprise is filled with the same warmth and charm as the first two books in the series, with Nadia L. Hohn’s enchanting prose, written in a blend of standard English and Caribbean patois, and Irene Luxbacher’s colorful collage illustrations.

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.4
Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

 

About the Authors

Nadia L. Hohn

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Irene Luxbacher is an artist and author living in Toronto, Canada. With more than fifteen years’ experience as an illustrator, Irene has received numerous awards for her children’s instructional and picture books.
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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
3 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Editorial Reviews

Much of our lives, like Malaika's, involves change and a newness of circumstances. But what Malaika's Surprise demonstrates is that, though newness and change can be stressful because of the anticipation of the unknown, the reality is often not as bad as expected, especially with the knowledge that others care.

 

— CanLit for LittleCanadians

An enjoyable, feel-good read for young children.

 

— School Library Journal

Malaika’s Surprise is filled with the same warmth and charm as the first two books in the series.

 

— 49th Shelf Blog

Hohn’s mastery of the craft command[s] a standing ovation.

 

— Cloud Lake Literary

[A]n intimate and culturally rich picture book.

 

— Kirkus Reviews

Malaika’s beautiful interracial family and new friendships make this story a powerful one.

 

— Toronto Star

[A] joyful read.

— Huffington Post

Written in a combination of standard English and Caribbean patois, Hohn’s work celebrates family values and acceptance of cultural diversity. Bright and lively illustrations by Irene Luxbacher add to the book’s attraction.

 

— Winnipeg Free Press

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