Anna Hibiscus

Anna Hibiscus

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Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa. She lives with her whole family in a wonderful house. There is always somebody to laugh and play with.Anna Hibiscus loves to splash in the sea with her cousins and have parties with her aunties. But more than anything else in the world, Anna Hibiscus would love to see snow.Featuring warm, loving multi-generational family relationships, this Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor winner showcases daily life in modern, urban Africa. Great as a classroom or family read-aloud, it illustrates the commonality of cultures and experiences and inspires discussion.
Publisher: Tulsa, OK :, Kane Miller, a division of EDC Publishing,, 2010
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781935279730
Branch Call Number: J Pbk ATI
Characteristics: 109 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Tobia, Lauren


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vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Reading level: grade 2. Interest level: ages 7-10. Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa. She loves laughing and playing with her family, especially her baby twin brothers Double and Trouble. She is enchanted by snow and curious to learn all she can about it. But will she ever see snow? (Anna Hibiscus series)

Tulipwood Sep 25, 2015

We have asked the library to purchase more of Anna Hibiscus. Such a lovely book, I have enjoyed reading it to my 6 year old.


It’s hard to find much fault with such a lovely series. From the pictures to the stories to the writing to the tone, everything about these books makes you feel happy and content. Here’s hoping there are more Anna Hibiscus books somewhere in the works. A finer crop of overseas fare I have yet to find for the early chapter book set. Memorable and enchanting.

m2 Oct 29, 2011

Warm and wonderful look at a girl growing up in Africa. The book showcases the pleasures of having an extended family living all around you. The pictures are great! And this is only the first of many Anna Hibiscus books.

Ideal for those looking for a fun character sharing positive (and different) values for girls and boys of color.

A great joy to read. Will make you yearn for real community.

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“Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa.” Get used to those words. It won’t be the last time you hear them. Anna Hibiscus is a little girl who lives in a beautiful white compound surrounded by her extended family. Aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents all live together in a single home. Anna’s mother is originally from Canada, but she fits right in with everyone and the books Anna Hibiscus and Hooray for Anna Hibiscus follow Anna’s small adventures with her family. One minute she’s obsessed with the idea of snow, and the next she’s singing a song for a president of another country. Sometimes she has to watch her twin baby brothers Double and Trouble, and sometimes she’s watching the family goat butt heads with the family’s new generator. Whatever the case, Anna’s a sweet, thoroughly likable character and readers will find themselves longing for a life where there are always cousins to play with, and sweet mango trees in the backyard to climb for fun.


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“Anna’s mother and father and aunties and uncles drive to work in their cars. They send text messages and e-mails around the world, and call from the market on their mobile phones to see what shopping needs doing. But the clothes they wear are made from colorful African cloth, waxed and dyed and printed. The languages they speak are African as well as English.”


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