Deep In The Sahara

Deep in the Sahara Book Cover Like most Muslim girls between the ages of nine and 15 in Mauritania, Lalla wants to wear a malafa, the veil that covers women’s heads and clothes in public. She learns from her mama, her older sister, market ladies, and her grandmother that the malafa is more than beauty, mystery, tradition, and belonging. It is for faith. The second-person narrative and cut-paper collage illustrations explain potentially unfamiliar customs and observances of faith. An author’s note and a glossary of Hassaniya words is included. mjw
Title: Deep In The Sahara
Author: Kelly Cunnane
Illustrator
: Hoda Hadadi
Publisher
: Schwartz and Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
Copyright
: 2013
Original language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-375-87034-7
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture book
Book setting
: Muslim West Africa
Author’s residence
: United States (Author has lived in Kenya)
Illustrator’s residence
: Tehran, Iran
Subjects
: Africa, Clothing and dress, Coming of age, Mauritania, Muslims, Sahara, Western Africa

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