Deep in the Sahara
"Poetic language, attractive illustrations and a positive message about Islam, without any didacticism: a wonderful combination," declares Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.
Lalla lives in the Muslim country of Mauritania, and more than anything, she wants to wear a malafa, the colorful cloth Mauritanian women, like her mama and big sister, wear to cover their heads and clothes in public. But it is not until Lalla realizes that a malafa is not just worn to show a woman's beauty and mystery or to honor tradition—a malafa for faith—that Lalla's mother agrees to slip a long cloth as blue as the ink in the Koran over Lalla's head, under her arm, and round and round her body. Then together, they pray.
An author's note and glossary are included in the back of the book.
Age: 4-8 years
Number of Pages: 40
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (October 8, 2013)
Author: Kelley Cunnane (author), Hoda Hadadi (illustrator)
Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.3 x 10.3 inches
KitaabWorld Book Review: With prose that flows like poetry and spell-binding illustrations, this story looks at a little girl’s fascination with the malafa - a long colorful cloth worn by women of Mauritania. This coming of age story looks at every women Laila interacts with as individuals gently guiding her to make her own choice. A warm and positive story about Islam and personal choice.
This book is also part of our CELEBRATING ISLAM book list.