Domestic fiction, Nigerian (English)
Hibiscus, Anna (Fictitious character)
Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa, amazing Africa, with her mother, father, twin brothers, grandmother, grandfather, aunties, uncles, and cousins. Short chapters tell universal stories whether you're in Africa or America.
Four linked stories about Anna Hibiscus who lives in amazing Africa with her large extended family.
Anna Hibiscus is a little girl growing up in modern Nigeria. She lives with her extended family in a large compound outside of the city. While not explicitly about race, Anna's mother is described as Canadian while her father is African.
A wonderful depiction of life in Nigeria, Anna Hibiscus tells the story of a multi-generational, middle-class household in modern day Nigeria. The book is simple, yet profound, exploring concepts of hair, poverty, and multi-racial households with depth and wisdom.
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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. Anna Hibiscus is a little girl who lives in a beautiful white compound surrounded by her extended family. Aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents all live together in a single home. Anna’s mother is originally from Canada, but she fits right in with everyone and the books Anna Hibiscus and Hooray for Anna Hibiscus follow Anna’s small adventures with her family. One minute she’s obsessed with the idea of snow, and the next she’s singing a song for a president of another country. Sometimes she has to watch her twin baby brothers Double and Trouble, and sometimes she’s watching the family goat butt heads with the family’s new generator. Whatever the case, Anna’s a sweet, thoroughly likable character and readers will find themselves longing for a life where there are always cousins to play with, and sweet mango trees in the backyard to climb for fun.
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“Anna’s mother and father and aunties and uncles drive to work in their cars. They send text messages and e-mails around the world, and call from the market on their mobile phones to see what shopping needs doing. But the clothes they wear are made from colorful African cloth, waxed and dyed and printed. The languages they speak are African as well as English.”
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Atinuke discusses Anna Hibiscus
Atinuke is the author of the Anna Hibiscus book. In this video she explains why there is not a specific Nigerian geographical reference. She explains why she does not have a Nigerian illustrator and she talks about dogs in the house in the UK (among other topics).