Anna Hibiscus

anna hibiscusAnna Hibiscus (probably six-years-old) lives in Africa. Amazing Africa. She lives in an unnamed West African city with her extended family, which is so big that she cannot count them all. This is the traditional way in Africa. Yet her family is modern and interconnected. They text, e-mail, and travel internationally. Each of the four chapters tells a complete story. Anna vacations with her family; awaits the visit of Auntie Comfort, who lives in Canada; sells oranges on the street and learns an important lesson; and finds ice shavings in the freezer and is invited to spend Christmas in Canada where there is real snow. Sweet, black-and-white drawings provide fascinating details of African life and match the rhythm of the text. Contemporary urban African stories to share with young children are hard to find. Cheerful, humorous, and interesting, this story is the first in a series that offers a much-welcomed glimpse of this culture. The author and illustrator team has also created two brilliant picture books about Anna, mjw
Title: Anna Hibiscus
Author: Atinuke
Illustrator
: Lauren Tobia
Publisher
: Kane Miller, A division of EDC Publishing, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Copyright
: 2010
Original Language
: English 
Original Publisher
: Walker Books Ltd., London
Original Copyright
: 2007
ISBN
: 978-1-935279-73-0
Paperback pages
: 112
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Chapter book, fiction
Book setting
: Africa
Author’s ethnicity
: Nigerian
Author’s residence
: Wales
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: British
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Awards
: 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award
Subjects
: African culture, City and town life, Family life, Multi-generational, Nigeria, Responsibility, West Africa

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