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Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus! Paperback – March 1, 2011
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In this setting, Anna navigates through a series of adventures and learning moments that take her anywhere from the garden to the market and well beyond, even to Canada where her mother was born. Each of these adventures is described as a short story in a series of four books.
This fourth installment in the series sees Anna embarking on her much-anticipated month-long voyage to Canada to visit her grandmother. Anna experiences a roller coaster of emotions, including great sadness in saying goodbye to her family, sheer excitement from seeing and feeling snow for the first time, and utter panic in facing a dog inside of grandmother's house. She does not know what to feel when a group of children invite her to join them for skating and sledding. They seem to be interested in her only because she is from Africa, not because she is Anna Hisbiscus. Anna will have to speak her mind and let them know she does not want to be prejudged before she can truly enjoy herself in these new winter activities.
The book series is written by a gifted story-teller, Nigerian-born Atinuke, and illustrated by Lauren Tobia with an abundance of expressive sketches.Read more ›
In this set of adventures, Anna is off to Canada to visit with her white grandmother. She has never seen snow before, is frightened of Grandma Canada's pet dog, isn't sure if she'll be able to stomach foreign food, and initially doesn't get along with the other kids in town. Everything resolves happily, of course, when Anna discovers that she loves playing in snow and Grandma's dog Qimmiq is able to come to her rescue when she finds herself lodged in a snowbank. While nothing will ever replace the tasty African food she is used to, Anna Hibiscus finds traditional Canadian Christmas food delicious too, and eventually comes to befriend the neighbor kids.
While the book never explicitly states what country Anna Hibiscus lives in, or how old she is, I have to assume that she is probably a first-grader, and writer Atinuke says she was inspired by her own childhood growing up in Nigeria. The appealing illustrations which decorate nearly every page and large type make for a comfortable read for readers new to chapter books. I will put this series into the hands of children who are hungry for stories with black characters that are not set during the Civil War, or the 1960's. Warm, relateable, and unique, Anna Hibiscus is certain to take her rightful place beside Junie B. Jones, Clementine, Ruby Lu, Ramona and other classic early middle-grade fiction.