Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus! (Anna Hibiscus Series #4)

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Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Anna Hibiscus doesn't shy away from adventures and when she gets the chance to visit her Grandma in Canada, she jumps at the chance. Anna is excited and scared but eager to travel and spend Christmas in Canada. When she arrives, Anna finds that the journey was only the beginning of her adventure. Adapting to the cold of a Canadian winter, as well as unfamiliar foods and a dog in the house and the new traditions that Granny Canada wants to share with Anna makes each day an adventure. It's never easy to visit a new country and Anna constantly feels the differences between staying in Canada and her safe, happy home in Africa. Anna's life in Africa may seem odd to many young readers, but Anna's adventure in Canada will help children realize that normal life for them can be just as odd for children from other countries. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Fans of the series will not be disappointed in these latest books about Anna Hibiscus. In the first, the African child and her family help her prepare for her first trip to Canada to visit her grandmother; the second book continues with her actual trip and the fun experiences in the snowy north for the Christmas holiday. Once again, Atinuke handles the complexity of life in Africa (and the differences between life there and in North America) with deftness and grace. Serious concepts like racism, poverty, and social activism are covered as simply and expertly as dealing with taking the blame for a sibling's misbehavior without becoming heavy-handed or unsuitable for early chapter-book audiences. Although elements of Anna's life may be foreign to some readers, her sweet nature and youthful troubles are common to children everywhere. The expressive black-and-white images that weave seamlessly through the texts enhance the stories beautifully. "Anna Hibiscus" is a lovely, rare bird of a series, providing a modern view of another culture in warm, approachable language.—Nicole Waskie-Laura, Chenango Forks Elementary, Binghamton, NY
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Raised in a suburban compound among an extended African family, Anna Hibiscus travels to Canada to visit her other grandmother and see snow. These four connected stories describe her departure, her first joyful experience of snow, making friends and celebrating Christmas with her grandmother. Through Anna's eyes, cultural differences become clear. She wakes alone for the first time in her life. She misses familiar spicy foods but enjoys chocolate cereal. She struggles to put on tights and warm clothes. She fears her grandmother's dog. At home, dogs live outside and might bite, but in Canada, Quimmiq rescues her from a snowdrift. In this thoroughly modern world, Anna calls her family on the phone, takes pictures of everything, and even packs a cooler full of snow to take home to her baby brothers. This fourth in the series adds an extra dimension to the cultural richness of these titles by making the contrast between worlds explicit. Christmas is both familiar and new, with different foods, old and new carols and one splendidly decorated tree instead of lights everywhere. The Nigerian-born author has drawn on her own childhood travel to make this experience real for young readers today. On every spread, Tobia's sketches, black and white with gray fill, add interest and appeal. A welcome addition to the sparse collection of stories for young readers about modern African life. (Fiction. 5-9)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610670081
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Anna Hibiscus Series , #4
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 109
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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