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ANNA HIBISCUS by Atinuke Kirkus Star


From the Anna Hibiscus series, volume 1

by Atinuke & illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Age Range: 5 - 9

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-935279-73-0
Publisher: Kane/Miller

Linked short stories star Anna Hibiscus, who lives in a large house in a compound in “amazing Africa” with baby brothers Double and Trouble, parents and extended family. The first title in this appealing new series introduces Anna’s world. The family goes on vacation, an auntie visits from America, Anna learns what it is to do hard work and she gets an invitation to visit her Canadian grandmother. Her world grows in Hooray for Anna Hibiscus! (978-1-935279-74-7): She starts school, sings before a large audience, tries a hair experiment and visits a very poor neighborhood. These stories celebrate the extended family and the combination of traditional ways with conveniences of the modern world; they contrast Anna’s relatively privileged life with that of others in her country and reflect the Nigerian childhood of the author, a storyteller now living in Wales. Tobia’s sketches, pen-and-ink with a gray wash, will help early readers visualize the family, unfamiliar customs and clothing and Anna’s community. A third title has already been published in England. A welcome window into an unfamiliar world. (Fiction. 5-9)