Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa. Her father is African, her mother is Canadian. She lives in a big compound with too many relatives to count. I first discovered Anna Hibiscus over on The Artful Parent. I was happy to see that our library had a copy of the first book in the series. Since we are now studying some countries in Africa for our geography studies I thought it was a perfect time to read this.
The Artful Parent’s review is spot-on. It’s a great book. Not heavy reading, but not fluff either. We did it as a (quick) read-aloud, but there are enough illustrations to hold the interest of a young reader using it as an early chapter book. Skeeterbug’s favourite chapter was the first one, Anna Hibiscus on Holiday. He loved hearing how the twin baby boys named Double and Trouble would get into mischief and laughed out loud several times. My favourite was Anna Hibiscus Sells Oranges where she discovers how her actions affect others.
There are some great lessons included in this book, and insight into another way of life. Unfortunately our library only had the first book, I’d love to read the rest of the series. This first book ends with a bit of a cliff hanger that makes you want to read the next one. It looks like there are three more books in the series with another (the one on the right) coming out soon.
There is also a picture book now, with gorgeous full-colour illustrations. See here for The Artful Parent’s review.
Anna Hibiscus is one I’ll keep on my list to use again in the future for my younger kids.