Malaika’s mother can’t buy her a carnival costume — will she still be able to dance in the parade?
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:
With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Like a rainbow peacock itself, the illustrations in this book burst with a frenzy of colors and textures.
Hohn employs a unique style of voice that is both figuratively and literaly lyrical.
. . . an engaging, poignant story with exquisite taste and wonderful details.
A fun choice for libraries seeking books about creativity in general or the Caribbean in particular.
A wholly earned celebration.
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.
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.
Malaika’s Costume is a highly recommended story that celebrates the different cultures of the world and the emotional journey of a young child.