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“The warm, affirming portrait of Islam (malafa is for faith) makes this a valuable resource for both Muslim audiences and a broader readership interested in potentially unfamiliar customs and observances of faith.” –Publishers Weekly

Deep in the Sahara

Written by Kelly Cunnane
Illustrated by Hoda Hadadi
Published by Schwartz & Wade Books

Lalla lives in the Muslim country of Mauritania, and more than anything, she wants to wear a malafa, the colorful cloth Mauritanian women, like her mama and big sister, wear to cover their heads and clothes in public. But it is not until Lalla realizes that a malafa is not just worn to show a woman’s beauty and mystery or to honor tradition for faith that Lalla’s mother agrees to slip a long cloth as blue as the ink in the Koran over Lalla’s head, under her arm, and round and round her body. Then together, they pray.

Primary ISBN: 9780375870347

Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 05 or older

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Setting: Mauritania

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: In Home Country

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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