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Malaika's Winter Carnival

Nadia L. Hohn’s prose, written in a blend of standard English and Caribbean patois, tells a story about the importance of family, especially when adjusting to a new home.

Nadia L. Hohn, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher

Malaika is happy to be reunited with Mummy, but it means moving to Canada, where everything is different. It's cold in Québec City, no one understands when she talks and Carnival is nothing like the celebration Malaika knows from home!

When Mummy marries Mr. Frédéric, Malaika gets a new sister called Adèle. 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. Frédéric take Malaika and Adèle 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 Adèle'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. (From Groundwood Books)

Nadia L. Hohn is a writer, musician and educator based in Toronto, Ont. Having previously written nonfiction educational books for children, she is the author of several popular picture books, including Malaika's Winter Carnival and the biographical Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter.  

Books by Nadia L. Hohn

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