Friday, September 13, 2013

Anna, inside and out

ANNA HIBISCUS by Atinuke with illustrations by Lauren Tobia. Kane Miller, 2010.

Anna LIVES IN Africa with a wide assortment of family: aunts, cousins, parents, grandparents. In this collection of 4 separate yet related stories, Anna learns about the importance of family, about customs, about economics, and much more. What is lovely about this collection (and the other books about Anna Hibiscus) is that, while race is present, it is not what drives the story. Anna is mixed race but that is not what drives the story. What drives the story is strictly a human connection, the one readers will feel as they step into Anna's family and home and follow her in her day-to-day adventures.

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