Malaika's Costume by 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.
Winner of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario Children's Literature Award 2016
Selected for the CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, starred selection 2016
Selected for the School Library Journal Best Picture Books 2016
Selected for the USBBY's Outstanding International Books List 2017
Selected for the OLA Best Bets Honourable Mention 2016
Runner-up for the Américas Award Honorable Mention 2017
Selected for the Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2017