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Early Chapter Book, Anna Hibiscus

December 7, 2010

Anna Hibiscus
written by Atinuke, illustrated by Lauren Tobia
Kane Miller EDC Publishing, 2010
early chapter book

Atinuke weaves together three enchanting stories about the most lovable character, Anna Hibiscus, a little girl who lives in Africa. “Amazing Africa.”

There’s so much to love about this book. I love the strong sense of family, the interconnectedness of the extended family. They live together, play together, take care of each other, love each other.

When Anna’s nuclear family goes on holiday to the beach, they just can’t manage without the others.

“”I go to fetch aunties quick-quick,” he said.

Anna Hibiscus smiled a big smile.

Later that morning, the aunties arrived. Six of them. They came with baskets of food. They came with little cousins who still needed them, but no big cousins. . .

That night, everybody was happy.

I really love the lessons in this book. I absolutely adore the lesson in the story, Anna Hibiscus sells oranges. Anna learns an important lesson about selflessness when she decides to sell oranges from her yard. She doesn’t realize until to late that she took away the income of the girls who must work to buy food for their family.

Please search out this book and the others in the Anna Hibiscus series. It’s one of my favorites for 2010.

Book Play: In the Auntie Comfort story, what she wears is very important to the family. Look at different photos of regional outfits from Africa worn by men, women and children. What are the similarities to your clothes. What are the differences?

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