Anna Hibiscus

Atinuke (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Anna Hibiscus

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Authors: Atinuke
Title: Anna Hibiscus
Publisher: Tulsa, OK : Kane Miller, 2010, c2007
Edition: 1st American ed
Characteristics: 109 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Atinuke ; illustrated by Lauren Tobia
Additional Contributors: Tobia, Lauren
ISBN: 1935279734
Branch Call Number: j ATINUKE 2010
Subject Headings: Children's stories, Nigerian (English) Domestic fiction, Nigerian (English) Africa, West Social life and customs Juvenile fiction Hibiscus, Anna (Fictitious character) Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Children's stories, Nigerian (English)
Domestic fiction, Nigerian (English)
Hibiscus, Anna (Fictitious character)
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Anna lives with her big, noisy extended family -- parents, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins.

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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Mar 28, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It’s hard to find much fault with such a lovely series. From the pictures to the stories to the writing to the tone, everything about these books makes you feel happy and content. Here’s hoping there are more Anna Hibiscus books somewhere in the works. A finer crop of overseas fare I have yet to find for the early chapter book set. Memorable and enchanting.

Oct 29, 2011
  • m2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Warm and wonderful look at a girl growing up in Africa. The book showcases the pleasures of having an extended family living all around you. The pictures are great! And this is only the first of many Anna Hibiscus books.

Ideal for those looking for a fun character sharing positive (and different) values for girls and boys of color.

A great joy to read. Will make you yearn for real community.


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Mar 28, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 8


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Mar 28, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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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Mar 28, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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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Mar 28, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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).

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