Anna Hibiscus

Anna Hibiscus Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa Amazing Africa She lives with her whole family in a wonderful house There is always somebody to laugh or play with She loves to splash in the sea with her cousins and hav

  • Title: Anna Hibiscus
  • Author: Atinuke Lauren Tobia
  • ISBN: 9781935279730
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Paperback
  • Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa Amazing Africa She lives with her whole family in a wonderful house There is always somebody to laugh or play with She loves to splash in the sea with her cousins and have parties with her aunties But than anything else in the world, Anna Hibiscus would love to see snow.

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    1. Rarer than quality books. More elusive than good picture books for older readers. The goal, the gem, the one kind of book all children’s librarians seek but know are so difficult to find . . . . the really well written early chapter book. Now let’s say you’ve found one. It happens. Lots exist, to a certain extent (and if you know where to look). Please do me the favor of now asking yourself the following questions about said book: (A) Does it contain characters from another country? If you [...]

    2. This is a lovely, simple book that does what it does very well. Its four chapters stand alone as stories of a child's life. It's not exactly easy to find English-language children's stories set in Africa that avoid treating it as so exotic! and are also basically cheerful. This one's funny, sweet, and interesting--and well-written, too, so it's nice to read aloud.Anna Hibiscus gets huge bonus points for:1) dealing sensitively with its main character's privilege and other children's poverty, and2 [...]

    3. If you like this series, you may also like Younguncle Comes to Town and Younguncle in the Himalayas.Terrific introduction to life in urban "Amazing Africa." Anna's family is well-off, and thankful, and Anna learns a lesson about less fortunate children. And Anna's mother, an import from Canada, learns the 'Village to raise a child" importance of family. And Aunt Comfort shows how one can live with traditional values in a modern world. And the last story makes me want to read the next book so I o [...]

    4. This is such an interesting story. It's unique to find early reading books featuring diverse characters from other cultures. This one is fantastic.

    5. What a lovely story. The book showcases four different chapters with individual stories contained within about Anna Hibiscus, who is a young girl growing up in Africa with her large, loving family.In the first story Anna, her father, her mother, and Anna's two baby brothers go on a vacation away from the family, but discover that it's very difficult to take care of babies and cleaning all by yourself. The next day, all the aunties come to help. But that's not quite enough--and so all the big cou [...]

    6. After spending two-and-a-half years living in Ethiopia and another year living in Ghana, all I can say is this book is terribly offensive. Supposedly the author was born in Nigeria, but then she should know that "Africa" is a continent, not a country. The main character, Anna Hibiscus, lives in "Africa." Because that's where her father was born. Her mother was born in Canadaa country. She should have said North America."Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa." I've spent years on this con [...]

    7. Here marks a new phase in my life -- Working in the Children's Department, reading kids books for fun and work. Someone came in asking for early-reader books about life in Africa and one of the librarians recommended this. She raved about it so I decided to pick it up. It's very sweet, and totally interesting: Anna Hibiscus's mom is Canadian but they live a very big-family-African life with her father's extended family. I have to say my favorite part were the beautiful, light-hearted, and well-l [...]

    8. I have to admit that at first I wasn't sure how to feel about Anna being described as a girl living in Africa, making it sound like a country - but that was all too soon forgotten as sweet Anna Hibiscus found her way straight into my heart. What a lovely beginning chapter book! It will allow children growing up in similar settings to identify with Anna, her joys and sorrows, and at the same time provide children from other parts of the world with a glimpse of what life for a girl in an urban Afr [...]

    9. What a wonderful set of tales about a little girl growing up in a large, happy family in Africa!So much in here to recommend - the traditional element of Anna's family, the way they live modern lives as well, the loving relationships, some very sweet stories about a bright and curious girl, and a whole pile of fascinating detail of African life that comes out in the pictures and stories. This will be read to my son when he's older.

    10. A beautifully written transitional book about a modern urban African life of a little girl and her huge multicultural family. A rare gem.

    11. This story of Anna Hibiscus, a little girl growing up in Africa, "amazing Africa," is delightful and provides a glimpse into a life many US children are unfamiliar with. Anna's mom is from Canada and moved to Africa to raise a family with her husband who is African. Anna's adventures with her large family of cousins, aunties, uncles, and grandparents are fun for children anywhere in the world to read about.

    12. I just had a conversation with a colleague about grandmother names. She told me I had to think about it now that I'm going to be one. Anna Hibiscus, the protagonist, nicknamed hers, "Granny Canada." I love it. I thought of "Granny Taipei" but that sounds like "Granny Type A" which is plain ole' weird. I'm open to suggestions. "Granny Dumpling?" "Granny Foo-Foo?" "Granny Ding-Dong?" Word choice doesn't seem to be my strong suit tonight - fightin' a cold. Ah well. Anna comes from a multicultural f [...]

    13. My very favorite early-chapterbook discovery that I've made as a parent. (Is it still an early chapterbook if there aren't chapters? This is a collection of four different Anna Hibiscus stories, all around the same reading level as Frog & Toad, my lifelong favorites.) Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa ("Amazing Africa!") in a big white house with her large and loving extended family, including her mother, who is a Canadian expat (and who is still occasionally hit by culture shock). The stories a [...]

    14. Anna Hibiscus lives in a large house in an African city with her Canadian mother, African father, grandparents, aunts and uncles, many cousins, and twin baby brothers. This first volume of the Anna Hibiscus series introduces Anna through several realistic events of everyday life, including a holiday trip with her parents and brothers to an island beach, a visit from an aunt who has moved to the United States, and an invitation to visit her grandmother in Canada to see snow for the first time. Th [...]

    15. I would give this to: - Families looking for a fun, gentle read-aloud. I can imagine this working for 4 year olds (who like to listen to longer books) on up through 1st or 2nd graders. - Kids who are looking for chapter books a little more challenging looking than The Jackson Friends Series (like Pa Lia's First Day) by Michelle Edwards or the Little Rat books by Molly Bang. - Kids who like the Clementine books by Sarah Pennypacker. This one is a little shorter and might feel a little easier than [...]

    16. Anna Hibiscus is the perfect multicultural story for 2nd and 3rd graders. Anna lives in Africa with her parents, grandparents, lots of aunts and uncles, and cousins. Her house is a compound and she is never alone. Each of the four chapters (Anna Hibiscus on Holiday, Auntie Comfort, Anna Hibiscus Sells Oranges, and Sweet Snow) is a story that can stand alone. The reader learns many facts about how a child's life is very different in Africa. Anna also learns a few tough lessons about how fortunate [...]

    17. I loved reading this book with my daughter. It is precisely the type of book that more kids should read in order to show young learners the many different types of people there are in this world. Each chapter begins with the same refrain: "Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa" (7). The repetition sets the stage for the amusing focus in each chapter but also reminds us that we are in fact somewhere other than the United States. I mostly enjoyed the ways in which the story focused on diff [...]

    18. Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke (2010)Genre: Juvenile FictionFormat: BookPlot summary: Anna Hibiscus lives in beautiful Africa with her large, extended family. Considerations or precautions for readers advisory (strong language, sex, death, religious overtones, violence, etc.)Review citation (if available):Pierce, Lonna. School Library Journal , Jan2013, Vol. 59 Issue 1, p60-60, Section source used to find the material: MCPL Booklist "Realistic Stoires"Recommended age: 1st-3rd grade

    19. Anna lives in Africa with her very large familyandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, cousins, mom, dad and her brothers Double and Trouble. She is a sweet girl whose life is quite different from a typical American child, especially one who grows up in the city. My 9 year old and I enjoyed reading this book separately and discussing it together.

    20. young Anna lives in Africa with her parent's two brother's and the rest of her family she go's on many sweet fun filed adventure's in this book such as going to the beach planing a party and much more i can't wait for you to read this book

    21. Love love loved this one. Each chapter is like a little gem, and the book is much too short. We read it slowly to savor it. The illustrations are wonderful. Nothing much happens in the sense of a plot, but each chapter is its own good, simple lesson. Perfect.

    22. So funny, so lyrical without trying too hard. I am always desperate for good early chapter books and the Anna Hibiscus books are BRILLIANT. I love them all. I want to kiss them. Got 'em for the 6-year-old, but the 9-year-old loved them too.

    23. Loved this early chapter book that explores the life of a Nigerian girl with humor, virve, and lots of family-centered chaos. It's wonderful to share a piece of world literature with my children!

    24. These chapter books are a treasure--and I'm so glad I heard Uma Krishnaswami speak about them in January or I'd never have known to pick them up. This review applies to the first four books of the series.Through her charming protagonist (& family), Atinuke develops a picture of life in "amazing Africa" that effectively squashes many western notions about the continent while also taking western perspectives on family and clothing and vacationing and pets to task for their myopia. The other bo [...]

    25. Children's chapter book series about a young girl growing up in Africa, within her family's walled-in compound. The stories are bursting with authentic African scenery and daily life. The protagonist is only five or six years old, which is young for a chapter book, but it works well for this series because it allows readers to learn things about African culture while Anna herself grows in her understanding of the world around her. While Anna's family is financially secure, Anna and her readers c [...]

    26. Cute stories about a little girl who lives in Africa with her very large extended family. Some assuredly comic scenes abound but all of the stories have a great message underneath from the importance of community and family to the recognition of how our selfish decisions and actions can sometimes seriously harm others within our orbit of influence. There is also the cultural elements that make one feel like you had a visit to Africa and stayed with some friends, enjoying their company immensely. [...]

    27. Anna Hibiscus lives in a beautiful home, surrounded by her mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, aunties, uncles, and cousins. She is high-spirited, well-intentioned, and reminiscent of Ramona in the scrapes she gets into. This is a fabulous introduction to modern, city life in Africa. Most children will be able to relate to Anna's quest for fun (and snow). My only quibble with this book is that it doesn't give the specific country in Africa in which it is set. Highly recommended for grades [...]

    28. I read it aloud to my 7 and 9 year old, although they could have read it independently as well. Illustrated chapter book that introduces Anna's relative privilege, describes some traditional African family customs, and gives several points for family discussion about our own "normal" things we take for granted and how they might be different in other counties/cultures/families, even in our own city. Well told short stories within the collection - we read books 1 and 2 and we will track down the [...]

    29. I find this book puzzling. The author and illustrator include so many specific, cultural references and then the text repeatedly refers to the story as taking place in Africa. Why include so much specificity and then erase it by implying that all of Africa is the same? Why not educate young readers about Nigeria and Yoruba people? A good editor could have prevented this obvious and clumsy mistake.

    30. I read this book with my 5-year-old and I loved being able to talk to her about Anna Hibiscus living in a multi-generational home in Africa with her African father and Canadian mother. There are four chapters, four stories about Anna's life in Africa and each sparked conversations between me and my daughter about empathy and kindness. A great read for little ones 😊

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