Deep In The Sahara by Kelly CunnaneDeep In The Sahara by Kelly Cunnane

Deep In The Sahara

byKelly CunnaneIllustratorHoda Hadadi

Picture Books | October 8, 2013

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"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.
KELLY CUNNANE received the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award for her picture book For You Are a Kenyan Child, which the New York Times described as "entrancing . . . [an] inviting introduction to a different culture." Her book Chirchir Is Singing was an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book. Kelly has lived and taught in Kenya and Mauritania...
Title:Deep In The SaharaFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 10.38 × 10.31 × 0.33 inPublished:October 8, 2013Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375870342

ISBN - 13:9780375870347


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great illustrations Wonderful imagery and the illustrations are beautiful. It is a wonderful story told from the perspective of a child. A great piece to add to any library.
Date published: 2016-12-16

Editorial Reviews

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2013:"Poetic language, attractive illustrations and a positive message about Islam, without any didacticism: a wonderful combination.”Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, September 9, 2013:"The warm, affirming portrait of Islam makes this a valuable resource for both Muslim audiences and a broader readership interested in potentially unfamiliar customs and observances of faith."Starred Review, School Library Journal, November 2013:“This book incorporates authentic cultural details in both the poetic text and the evocative illustrations… [A] lovely original story.”Starred Review, Booklist, November 15, 2013:"The women, all individualized, exude true warmth, and readers will feel a quiet satisfaction when Lalla joins them. A special offering."