Anna Hibiscus (Racing Reads) Paperback – 1 Oct 2007
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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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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.
Beautifully written with wonderful characters and lovely morals.
We really enjoyed it.
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MY 4 & 6 year olds both loved this book. Such a refreshing collection of stories about a little girl in Africa. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
An easy read, good plot line to follow. My 7 year old enjoyed reading this book, and has in fact read it again a few .Published on 16 Sept. 2013 by Bims
Its a really good book about a girl called Anna Hibiscus who lives in Africa and I think its nice that when she's hungry she can just climb the mango tree and eat mangoes. Read morePublished on 7 Dec. 2009