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Anna Hibiscus

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I wish I had alternatives I could suggest to read instead, but so far I've only found good books for adults, not early grade chapter books. Atinuke is a professional storyteller which makes her books great as read alouds given the terrific sentence rhythm and word choice. This first volume of the Anna Hibiscus series introduces Anna through several realistic events of everyday life, including a holiday trip with her parents and brothers to an island beach, a visit from an aunt who has moved to the United States, and an invitation to visit her grandmother in Canada to see snow for the first time. Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here. Auntie Comfort sees the family's prodigal daughter, who lives in far off America, coming home for a visit.

It will show children that there are many types of people in the world, yet despite the fact that Anna’s life may be very different from their own, children will find much to identify with. The next chapter shows Anna learning about class structure and how poor those are around her family compound. I can imagine this working for 4 year olds (who like to listen to longer books) on up through 1st or 2nd graders. by Amy Hest, Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin, Baby’s Got the Blues by Carol Diggory Shields, and The Blanket Where Violet Sits by Allan Wolf. It’s easier than Clementine and a step or two up from many of the Magic Tree House books and the Cam Jansen series.The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. The other books in the series do not have as much of an axe to grind as the first, however, and as a result read a little more like story/a little less like essay. I’ve almost never seen a book that talks about the amount of work that goes into styling African hair that is “thicker and shinier and curlier than any other hair in the whole world.

It’s interesting to me that the very first story in Anna Hibiscus is a tale of how Anna and her mom, dad, and brothers try to take a vacation without the extended relatives, only to realize that they need them more than they thought. Atinuke spends most of her time at home quietly dreaming up stories, but she sometimes visits schools and book festivals — she loves to meet her readers! I have to admit that at first I wasn't sure how to feel about Anna being described as a girl living in Africa, making it sound like a country - but that was all too soon forgotten as sweet Anna Hibiscus found her way straight into my heart. Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. Lauren Tobia is the author-illustrator of Oscar’s Tower of Flowers and the illustrator of numerous children’s books, including the Anna Hibiscus series by Atinuke, Are You Sure, Mother Bear?Parents looking for a good early chapter book to read aloud to younger children will also want to check this out. Gorgeous illustrations and the stories are heart-warming, funny and they give an insight into life in Amazing Africa. Anna is never lonely—there are always cousins to play and fight with, aunties and uncles laughing and shouting, and parents and grandparents close by.

While Atinuke might be seeking to universalize her protagonist's experience, it often reads like a condescension to potential Western readers. Being half Canadian, her grandmother lives far away in Canada, and Anna sends her a letter, hoping to get a chance to visit when it snows. According to the author’s note this is set in Nigeria where Atinuke grew up and since Anna’s city is a lagoon it’s probably Lagos, but I would be surprised if most kids (and their parents) sat down to puzzle that out. The tale of Anna’s refusal to engage in the traditional Saturday braiding and weaving of her hair and the horrific results of that choice is like no story I’ve ever read anywhere before.Her other books include Baby, Sleepy Baby; Baby Goes to Market; B Is for Baby; and Catch That Chicken! For example, when Anna refuses to get her hair done any more, all her grandmother has to say is “Leave her. 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.

The three year old can enjoy listening because there are so many black and white drawings on every page.This story of Anna Hibiscus, a little girl growing up in Africa, "amazing Africa," is delightful and provides a glimpse into a life many US children are unfamiliar with.

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