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Malaika’s Winter Carnival

Written by Nadia L. Hohn
Illustrated by Irene Luxbacher
Published by Groundwood Books

Malaika is happy to be reunited with Mummy, but it means moving to a different country, where everything is different. It’s cold in her new city, no one understands when she talks and Carnival is nothing like the celebration Malaika knows from home! When Mummy marries Mr. Fredric, Malaika gets a new sister called Adale. Her new family is nice, but Malaika misses Grandma. She has to wear a puffy purple coat, learn a new language and get used to calling this new place home. Things come to a head when Mummy and Mr. Fredric take Malaika and Adale to a carnival. Malaika is dismayed that there are no colorful costumes and that it’s nothing like Carnival at home in the Caribbean! She is so angry that she kicks over Adale’s snow castle, but that doesn’t make her feel any better. It takes a video chat with Grandma to help Malaika see the good things about her new home and family.

Primary ISBN: 9781554989201
Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 06 or older

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Setting: Canada (Quebec)

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Immigrant

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