- Series: Anna Hibiscus
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (October 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140630655X
- ISBN-13: 978-1406306552
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anna Hibiscus Paperback – October 1, 2007
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Early chapter books set in modern Africa about a middle-class family are hard to find in this country. Early chapter books that deftly handle the difficult issues of poverty, class, and economics are even rarer. Nigerian-born Atinuke’s series about young Anna Hibiscus and her large extended family do these things with grace and humor. Originally published in England, the first two are now available here. Anna Hibiscus lives in “Africa—amazing Africa,” in a city of “lagoons and bridges . . . skyscrapers and shanty towns.” Her mother is from Canada, her father from Africa, and she has twin baby brothers, Double and Trouble. Each of the four chapters tells a complete story and, while presenting clear cultural differences, explores themes that are universal and child-centered. A story about selling oranges from a family tree is of special interest as a resource for primary classrooms with economics benchmarks. Never didactic, the fluid storytelling is enhanced by Tobia’s charming illustrations. While it is disappointing that a specific country is never identified, the book’s strong features make it noteworthy. Grades 1-3. --Lynn Rutan --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This is a wonderful collection of colourful, warm and lively stories to be read over and over. * Primary Times * A series of lively, captivating tales. * The Scotsman * In her first novel, storyteller Atinuke guides us through Anna's throughly modern multicultural life and family and Lauren Tobia's evocative illustrations spill around the text. * Juno * An interesting read in which we learn to appreciate the joys of African life. * Cork Evening Echo * Memorable and enchanting. * School Library Journal * A life-affirming way to encourage your child to celebrate simple joys * Junior * a story of sizzling happiness that starts small and grows irrepressibly...her township is beautifully drawn...a book to put - and keep - a smile on your face * The Observer * There are so many reasons to love the Anna Hibiscus books as wonderful stories with beautiful illustrations; but the inclusion of a mixed-race family and unfamiliar cultural setting make these important books to share with every child * Child-Led Chaos *
Top customer reviews
My little one did shy away from the story where Anna sells oranges and causes harm to the other orange sellers. She didn't like the serious tone (compared to the other chapters), the implication that Anna had done something wrong, and Anna's penitence. She typically avoids that chapter, but she does understand the lesson.
I'd highly recommend this book for the stories in their own right and also as part of a child's gentle introduction to other countries and cultures.
Most recent customer reviews
I LOVE the Anna Hibiscus series! I am always trying to find gentle chapter books for my preschool-aged daughter to enjoy, and it is quite a challenge.Read more