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Anna Hibiscus (Racing Reads) Paperback – 1 Oct 2007

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140630655X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406306552
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Atinuke is a Nigerian storyteller. She draws upon her recent ancestry from Yoruba land, England and Wales, and more ancient origins of Spain, Portugal and China, to tell stories from both the world of folktales and contemporary life. She lives in Wales with her husband and two sons. Anna Hibiscus is her first title for Walker Books.


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My 6 year old daughter & I both loved this book. The portrayal of Anna and her family is delightful, and it is so nice to read gentle, everyday stories about a child from a different continent. I've found it hard to find modern books where the content is suitable for a relatively young child who reads well, and have tended to fall back on the classics, but Anna Hibiscus and the sequel fill that gap ideally for us.
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'Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa.' So begins this book, and the three that follow. Anna Hibiscus lives with her African father and Canadian mother and her baby brothers and many other relatives in a large African city. The book gently celebrates the joyful everyday life of being a little girl in a loving home with two pesky but loved twin baby brothers, Double and Trouble. I bought all four books for my four year old granddaughter. She loves them and roars with laughter at Anna Hibiscus's adventures. It's a wonderful series, and they are some of the best books I have ever bought her.
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A chapter book set in Amazing Africa. My son did get fidgety at times - the chapters are quite long, with fewer illustrations than he is used to, but he did really become engaged with some chapters too and want to read more.

Anna lives with her huge extended family, a white Canadian mother and black African father, we see her noisy life, her poor neighbours, her longing for snow, her grandparents clinging to tradition through the chapters that show a loving and close family.

It’s a book to treasure that teacher readers about life in other countries, and this is a great text for schools for topics on the same. We read it over several bedtimes, and there is a lot to discuss through it, even for older children than my almost-five-year-old.

There are even Anna Hibiscus picture books now, so children can become familiar with Anna, her twin brothers Double and Trouble and cousins Chocolate and Angel earlier in life, ready for the longer stories.

I did change the wording slightly as I went on, to try and shorten some of the text for my little listener, and I also altered some language (some dialect/accent talk) to make it both easy to understand but also because we are trying to instill good pronunciation.

Very engaging chapters – my son liked the chapters best about Anna’s longing for snow and her selling oranges but taking wages away from poorer children.

Great series that educates, one for 5-9 year olds.
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Amongst others this book arrived today and my 6 year old daughter was eager to read this one first. It did not disappoint! Read up to page 26 and didn't want to stop. Being from Sierra Leone we could identify and appreciate the way in which the author wonderfully tells the story and draws you into all that is beautiful about Africa. Going to buy the other stories in the series and would make great gifts for family and friends.
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This book deserves to be on every bookcase. We are certainly going to have it in the book bag for the children's area.

Beautifully written with wonderful characters and lovely morals.
We really enjoyed it.
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My 6 yr old daughter has enjoyed reading this book and learning about Anna Hibiscus and how life is so different in Africa but they still have email and mobile phones! Beautifully written to keep the reader entertained. It contains different stories rather than chapters so we just did a few pages each night.
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