Anna Hibiscus


Book - 2010
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Anna Hibiscus

Publisher: Tulsa, OK : Kane Miller, 2010, c2007
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781935279730
Branch Call Number: J YR FIC A
Characteristics: 109 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.


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Ordinary adventures—taking care of little twin brothers Double
and Trouble, refusing to have her hair braided again, longing to see
that mysterious thing called “snow”—turn extra-ordinary for Anna,
a child who lives in “Africa, wonderful Africa.” The journey continues in Hooray for Anna Hib... Read More »

Meet Anna and her twin brothers Double and Trouble in this charming beginning chapter book series.

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Mar 28, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 29, 2011
  • m2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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Mar 28, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 8


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Mar 28, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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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Mar 28, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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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