Malaika's Costume (The Malaika Series)

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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.---from the publisher

32 pages                                    978-1554987542                           Ages 3-7

Keywords: holidays, Canada, immigrants, family, costume, parade, customs and traditions, 3 year old, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, diversity, diverse books, part of a series

Related titles: If Dominican Were a Color by Sili Recio; Islandborn by Junot Diaz

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.6 With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

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