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For the past 26 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent at the 27th festival on September 25, 2016.
It’s carnival time at The Word On The Street! In Malaika’s Costume, Malaika and her grandmother await money from Malaika’s mother, working in Canada, for a carnival costume so she can dance in the parade. You can join Malaika’s Costume author Nadia L. Hohn in putting together colourful carnival masks. Then, dance, and sing in your new costume, just like Malaika!
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? 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.
Nadia L. Hohn is a writer, musician, and educator. The manuscript of Malaika’s Costume, her first picture book, won the Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s Story Award. She lives in Toronto.