by Nadia L. Hohn, Illustrated by Irene Luxbacher
Publication Date: Mar 02, 2021
List Price: $18.95
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Groundwood Books
Publisher: Anansi Press
Parent Company: Anansi Press
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 Ad le 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.
Books similiar to Malaika’s Surprise may be found in the categories below:
- Juvenile Fiction / Family / Blended Families
- Juvenile Fiction / Family / New Baby
- Juvenile Fiction / Holidays & Celebrations / Birthdays