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Anna Hibiscus – tekijä: Atinuke

Anna Hibiscus (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2007; vuoden 2007 painos)

– tekijä: Atinuke

Sarjat: Anna Hibiscus (1)

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Anna Hibiscus, who lives in Africa with her whole family, loves to splash in the sea and have parties for her aunties, but Anna would love to see snow.
Teoksen nimi:Anna Hibiscus
Info:Walker Childrens Paperbacks (2007), Paperback, 96 pages
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Avainsanoja:transitional, book club, africa

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Anna Hibiscus (tekijä: Atinuke) (2007)


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Recommended Ages: Gr. preschool - 3rd

Plot Summary: Four short stories (each one a fairly long "chapter") tell vignettes of Anna Hibiscus's life. Outline black and white drawings are included on every page.

Chapter 1 - Anna Hibiscus's mother wants a vacation away from the craziness of their large household: Anna lives in a compound with her mom, dad, and twin brothers, but also all of her aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. Anna's mom, who grew up in Canada, isn't accustomed to all the chaos and people and wants a vacation. Anna and her immediate family travel by boat to a home on the beach. When they arrive, they are so exhausted they go right to sleep. When they wake up, they see how dirty the house is. Anna quickly is exhausted from watching her twin baby brothers who keep getting into trouble. Anna's father sees the problem and brings the aunts to vacation with them. Then they realize they need the uncles. Then they need the grandparents to calm everyone down, and everyone is with them on their vacation.

Chapter 2 -

Chapter 3 - Anna Hibiscus is bored playing in her compound all day. She really wants to sell oranges like the girls she sees in the street. Even though her Grandfather tells her not to, Anna Hibiscus does it anyway. She picks oranges from the tree in her courtyard and easily sells all of their oranges. The girls, with their dusty-brown oranges, are upset and don't sell any. Later that day, her family is talking about how sad the girls on street were, and how they have no money to buy food for their families. Anna feels terrible guilt and admits what she's done. The next day, Grandfather walks Anna back and forth down the hot, polluted sidewalk to the market to haul oranges back and forth to the girls, who sell them all.

Chapter 4 - Anna Hibiscus is obsessed with snow even though she's never seen it. She talks about it to everyone. She makes it "snow" in the kitchen much to her Uncle's dismay. Finally, he convinces her to write a letter to her Grandma from Canada who has offered to pay for a ticket for Anna to visit Canada. The letter says she would love to come and she really loves snow. Will Grandma respond and invite her to visit during the cold Canadian winter?

Setting: Africa

Anna Hibiscus -
Double and Trouble - her twin brothers, less than a year because they are still crawling
Mom - from Canada
Dad - from Africa

Recurring Themes: family, extended family, Africa, babysitting, social class

Controversial Issues: none

Personal Thoughts: This book is often on lists of chapter books to read to preschoolers. I thought the stories were too long for my 5 year old, but she pushed through. Each chapter starts with a basic introduction to Anna Hibiscus, her family, and her setting. Chapter 3 gave my daughter and I a lot to talk about but I don't think she totally understood it all.

Genre: realistic fiction

Pacing: medium

Activity: ( )
  pigeonlover | Jun 22, 2020 |
Each chapter can just about stand alone:

Anna Hibiscus on Holiday: Anna's Canadian mother longs for a family holiday with only immediate family, but it turns out they really need everyone (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents) to have a good time.

Auntie Comfort: Auntie Comfort is visiting from America, but Grandfather is worried that she will have forgotten their ways of eating and dressing. Anna borrows her uncle's phone to send messages to Auntie Comfort before she arrives, and the visit goes splendidly.

Anna Hibiscus Sells Oranges: Inspired by the girls outside her family compound's gates, Anna collects oranges from her trees to sell, but in doing so she deprives the girls of their livelihood. The next day, Grandfather and Anna work for the girls to make up for it.

Sweet Snow: Anna dreams of seeing and playing in snow. When her "Granny Canada" writes to invite Anna to visit in the summer, Anna tells about her dreams of snow, and Granny Canada invites her to go at Christmas instead.

Couldn't get 4yo really interested in this but we'll try another time. I love that it provides a window into a little girl's life somewhere completely different from here - "Africa. Amazing Africa" - and that it doesn't shy away from representing inequality, no matter how uncomfortable. Anna Hibiscus's mother is Canadian, her father African. ( )
  JennyArch | Dec 17, 2019 |
"Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa." And so begins this engaging collection of short stories about a young girl, the daughter of an African father and Canadian mother, who lives with her father's extended family in a large white house within a beautiful garden compound. In Anna Hibiscus on Holiday, Anna, her mother and father, and her twin brothers Double and Trouble, attempt to take a holiday away from all of the uncles, aunties and cousins who make their compound so noisy, only to discover that many hands make light work. Auntie Comfort sees the family's prodigal daughter, who lives in far off America, coming home for a visit. With a few hints from Anna Hibiscus, Auntie Comfort manages to reassure the family that she has not forgotten her roots. In Anna Hibiscus Sells Oranges, our young heroine imagines that the life of an orange vendor is colorful and exciting, and decides to join their ranks and sell the oranges from her family's orange trees. Her uncles and grandfather show her that her actions have hurt the girls who usually sell fruit outside their compound gate - girls whose impoverished families rely on their earnings - and Anna Hibiscus works hard to make it up to them the next day. Finally, in Sweet Snow, Anna talks, sings and dreams of the cold white stuff. When her Granny Canada writes with an invitation to visit in the summer, she asks instead to be allowed to come when it is winter.

I greatly enjoyed reading Anna Habiscus, the first in a series of chapter-books devoted to the adventures of its eponymous heroine. The author Atinuke, although she currently lives in Wales, was born and raised in Nigeria, and it's clear that her girlhood was a major inspiration in the creation of the characters of Anna and her lovable family. I liked the family dynamics here - the respect shown to Grandmother and Grandfather, the mutual help all of the aunts and uncles give one another, the role played by older children in helping to care for the younger ones - and the mixture of the traditional and modern in Anna and her family's life. I especially liked the third story, Anna Hibiscus Sells Oranges, as it highlights the vast disparities in wealth to be found in Africa (and elsewhere, of course), and the importance of thinking of the impact of our decisions upon others. Anna, who had only been thinking of selling oranges as a fun activity, and who had never considered the advantages she would have as a child of a wealthier family - her oranges were more colorful and juicy, and she, dressed in a clean and fresh dress, made a more appealing vendor than the poorer girls - learns just how hard life is in the city for those less fortunate than herself when she must work for the orange girls for a day. Recommended to anyone looking for engaging chapter-books for young people just getting going with (slightly) longer fiction, as well as to anyone interested in quality children's books featuring modern-day Africa. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Sep 14, 2016 |
This was everything I had hoped it would be based on other reviewers. A really great early chapter books for read aloud. There are no calamities - no forced moral lessons - no special powers. Just a sweet girl who lives in Africa with her family. This book contains small glimpses into her life in the form of short story chapters that all flow together. We will definitely be reading more of this series. ( )
  dms02 | Feb 27, 2014 |
Anna Hibiscus lives in "Amazing Africa" but geography gets no more specific than that. Since the author is Nigerian-born, it's probably safe to assume that's what the author has in mind. The first book in a series originally published in England, this is a warm, appealing family story with a charming protagonist. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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