Title: Malaika’s Magical Kiosk
Author: Shaleen Keshvjee-Dulam
Publisher: Mango Books, an imprint of Quramo Publishing
Number of pages: 21
Type of Book: Fiction; African
Age: 4 – 8
Buy it here: http://www.quramo.com/content/malaikas-magical-kiosk-0; Kindle edition: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Malaikas-Magical-Kiosk-Shaleen-Keshavjee-Gulam-ebook/dp/B01KV6VX5I; Terra Kulture, 1376 Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island Lagos.
Price: N1200; 3.66GBP; N1300
Michelle and her sister Wanjiku lived in small village in Kenya filled with happy people. That year, the rains refused to come, the crops dried out and everyone was scared they wouldn’t have enough food to eat. The adults became grumpy and mean people who barely spoke and the little children stopped laughing. Things changed one day when a mysterious woman named Malaika – and her kiosk – appeared in the village market. Malaika gave all the things in her kiosk to the villagers for free, she made grouchy Mrs. Karanja smile and turned Mrs. Karuki’s brown teeth sparkling white. Everyone loved her. Read the book to find out who the mysterious Malaika was and what she did to the girls and their small village.
THUMBS UP AND DOWN
UP: This book was shortlisted for the Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books in 2014, one of the best prizes for African Kid’s Lit! I was really excited when I got a copy and it didn’t disappoint. It had a feel good ending, the type that keeps a small smile on your face hours after you’ve read it. The illustrations were good too. I have a thing for illustrations especially in picture books, they have to be perfect. So much depends on them. This book had good illustrations. Young readers will gain a sneak peek of rural living in Kenya and will learn a word or two in Swahili. It also features a small glossary for the Swahili words used in the book.
- “Jambo” “Habari” are forms of greeting in Swahili, the language spoken by Malaika and the girls in this book and by a lot of East Africans especially Kenyans.
HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK
- Watch the book trailer here:
CHALLENGE: Malaika’s Magical Kiosk
CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)
- List 5 items on Malaika’s body and find the items in the grid below (6-8 year olds)
- Draw and colour Malaika and a magical kiosk. (4-5 year olds)
Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 4 – 8 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.
Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Wednesday, December 7th 2016.
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