Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane, illustrated by Hoda Hadadi is a story about a young girl that wants to wear a malafa. A malafa is the colorful cloth that some women wear to cover their clothing and heads when they go out in public. Lalla admires the cloth and different reasons of wearing it. When she identifies it with faith, she is then given a malafa to wear to pray with her mother.
The illustrations are done in collage with a light an airy feeling that brings out the beautiful material of the malafas. The cut paper pictures seem to be enhanced with colored pencils, crayon, other papers, and ink. This is a wonderful story that gives a positve view to a traditional custom.