Anna Hibiscus


Book - 2010

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.

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Anna Hibiscus ; #1
Tulsa, OK : Kane Miller 2010.
1st American ed
Item Description
First published: London : Walker Books, 2007.
Physical Description
109 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Main Author
Atinuke (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Early chapter books set in modern Africa about a middle-class family are hard to find in this country. Early chapter books that deftly handle the difficult issues of poverty, class, and economics are even rarer. Nigerian-born Atinuke's series about young Anna Hibiscus and her large extended family do these things with grace and humor. Originally published in England, the first two are now available here. Anna Hibiscus lives in "Africa—amazing Africa," in a city of "lagoons and bridges . . . skyscrapers and shanty towns." Her mother is from Canada, her father from Africa, and she has twin baby brothers, Double and Trouble. Each of the four chapters tells a complete story and, while presenting clear cultural differences, explores themes that are universal and child-centered. A story about selling oranges from a family tree is of special interest as a resource for primary classrooms with economics benchmarks. Never didactic, the fluid storytelling is enhanced by Tobia's charming illustrations. While it is disappointing that a specific country is never identified, the book's strong features make it noteworthy. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.