Malaika's Winter Carnival

Malaika's Winter Carnival

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Baker & Taylor
Moving from the Caribbean to a cold city in the north, young Malaika struggles to adapt to her blended family, a colder climate and a culture where she does not speak the language, a situation that is further complicated by a very different Carnival celebration.

Perseus Publishing
When Malaika moves to a cold northern city, there’s a lot to get used to, especially Carnival in the wintertime!

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. 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.

Nadia L. Hohn’s prose, written in a blend of standard English and Caribbean patois, tells a warm story about the importance of family, especially when adjusting to a new home. Readers of the first Malaika book will want to find out what happens when she moves to Canada, and will enjoy seeing Malaika and her family once again depicted through Irene Luxbacher’s colorful collage illustrations.


  • This follow-up to Malaika’s Costume is an uplifting story about immigration, family and community.
  • An introduction to winter celebrations, and how children can maintain their own traditions while embracing new ones.
  • Curriculum tie-ins: social studies (family and community traditions).


Publisher: Toronto :, Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781554989201
Branch Call Number: JX FIC HOH
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,colour illustrations ;,24 x 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Luxbacher, Irene 1970-- Illustrator

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