Malaika the Princess

Written and illustrated by: Lizardo Carvajal

Malaika is an African girl, princess of a herd of elephants. On the journey through the savannah looking for water drinkers, Malaika understands that memory is the key to elephant survival and meets the sacred baobabs. Difficult days come when Elephant Dad introduces his death, so Malaika will have to face one of the most difficult trials. Malaika the Princess is a book that opens the way to the theme of death as a must-see reflection in life.

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  • Title:Malaika the Princess
  • Isbn: 978-958-58952-9-4
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Gender: Children's literature
  • Edition: 1st edition
  • Year of publication: 2016
  • Pages: 104
  • Number of illustrations: 37
  • Finish: Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 24.5 x 19.5 cm.
  • Approximate weight:584 g.

What Parents and Teachers Need to Know

Recommended Age

  • For on-the-go readers (from 10 years old).
  • Assisted reading from 9 years old.

Teaching possibilities

  • It enables dialogue on death as part of life.
  • It allows the approach to biological issues about elephants and the fauna of the African savannah.
  • Invite us to reflect on the different types of families that make up our society.
  • It motivates the aesthetic exploration of shadow theatre.

Artistic Elements

  • Illustrations with the technique of shadow film. Black silhouettes in contrast to light.
  • Articulate images, stories and music providing a complete sensory experience.
  • Beautiful original music made with vocal sampling (app audio and animated short)
  • A moving narrative with poetic and memorable images.


  • You can move the page with a drag motion in the interactive digital book.
  • In the interactive digital book, you can change the narration to three different languages.