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Anna Hibiscus Paperback – September 1, 2010
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"Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa." Get used to those words. It won't be the last time you hear them.Read more ›
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. I just stumbled onto the first Anna Hibiscus book, and we were immediately hooked. The author is an amazing storyteller. There are wonderful illustrations on every page, which is so nice as your are transitioning into chapter books.
The stories are sweet, entertaining, educational, humorous, and touching. I love that my daughter is getting a glimpse of what life is like in other places around the world. You see a beautiful picture of a loving middle class family and also the realism of the intense poverty that exists right outside their doors. What an incredible teaching tool to use with young children.
The only draw-back is that my daughter gets a little irritated by all of my crying....it delays the continuation of the story more often than she would like. :)
These are beautiful stories with great life lessons.
I cannot recommend Anna Hibiscus highly enough.
This book contains four short stories about Anna Hibiscus's life in Africa. The stories move smoothly and comfortably through life in Africa. The reader learns a lot about a different culture almost without being aware of it. This is the best kind of story, in my opinion, where the reader learns about different points-of-view without the author trying to teach it. The reader quickly learns to like Anna Hibiscus and her extended family. The delightful illustrations beautifully compliment the stories. I soon wished I could climb Anna Hibiscus's favorite tree or laugh and play at the beach with her and her family.
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.
Anna Hibiscus lives with her very large family in Africa. In addition to her parents and siblings, she lives with her grandparents, her aunties, uncles and cousins in a very large compound. (It is explained later in the book that this is the traditional way in Africa).
I like Anna because she has spunk and she finds herself in situations where, while the locale might be different, the situation is similar to readers in the US. For instance---wanting snow. She bugs her family to death wanting snow until finally she finds some ice shavings in the freezer and pretends. I'm almost to that point myself---if I don't see some snow on my doorstep soon, I'm going to have to shave some ice from my freezer and pretend!
All in all, I loved the book, Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter loved this book and others in the series. Colorful language, engaging characters.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
We love Anna Hibiscus! I'm so sad this series is not more readily available here in the US. I hope it is reprinted, so more people can enjoy these lovely books!Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Oh, halleluiah--a decent early chapter book! My 5-year-old and I loved this book and I immediately ordered all the sequels. Read morePublished 24 months ago by freetobeachild
I had never heard of this gem until the author visited our local school. I am so suprized that this book series is not more popular and on more parents'/teachers'/librarians'... Read morePublished on June 30, 2014 by KLZO
I adore this series. A wonderful look at a loving family and sweet girl. Set in the current time period African city.Published on April 22, 2013 by rebecca melonson
We read this book over the summer before 2nd grade and my daughter was immediatly asking for more in the series, which I think we'll do for Christmas or her birthday. Read morePublished on October 12, 2011 by R. L. Ward
Our school librarian suggested the book for summer reading. I loved reading the book to my second grader and loved it more as she read it to me. We now have the series.Published on September 5, 2011 by Ima