When Malaika finds out she is going to have a new baby brother or sister, she worries that her mother will forget about her. But a surprise arrives on Malaika's birthday that gives her reason to celebrate her family's love.
It's summertime, and Malaika and Adèle are enjoying playing carnival in their bright costumes, dancing and laughing in the sunshine. But when Mummy announces that they will soon have a new baby brother or sister, Malaika is unsure how to feel about another change in her family. Will Mummy forget about me?
Back at school, Malaika is excited to see her teacher and classmates, and makes friends with a new girl who has recently arrived from a faraway country, just like Malaika. Then on her birthday, a surprise arrives to remind Malaika of the importance of family, and the story ends with a celebration of her family's love.
Malaika's Surprise is filled with the same warmth and charm as the first two books in the series, with Nadia L. Hohn's enchanting prose, written in a blend of standard English and Caribbean patois, and Irene Luxbacher's colorful collage illustrations.
About the Author
NADIA L. HOHN est écrivaine, musicienne et éducatrice. Le manuscrit de son premier album illustré, Le costume de Malaika, a remporté le prix Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children's Story. Elle vit à Toronto, où elle enseigne le français, la musique et les arts dans une école primaire alternative. Nadia L. Hohn is a writer, musician and educator. The manuscript of Le costume de Malaika, her first picture book, won the Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children's Story Award. She lives in Toronto, where she teaches French, music and the arts at an alternative elementary school.
IRENE LUXBACHER est à la fois auteure, illustratrice et artiste. Elle a publié de nombreux livres d'activités artistiques et albums jeunesse dont Le jardin imaginaire de grand-papa, d'Andrew Larsen, mis en nomination pour le Prix du Gouverneur général dans la catégorie illustrations. Irene habite à Toronto où elle travaille actuellement à la création de nouveaux tableaux et albums.
IRENE LUXBACHER was nominated for the Governor General's Award for her illustrations in Andrew Larsen's Le jardin imaginaire de grand-papa and its sequel Une belle journée avec grand-papa. She has illustrated several other picture books, and her own Deep Underwater, Viens jouer, Matou, and Mr. Frank, as well as eight acclaimed children's art activity books. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with her husband and young son. You can learn more about her work at ireneluxbacher.com.