Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus!
Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa. But she is spending Christmas with her granny in Canada. She cant wait to see snow for the first time! And how will it feel to be so far from home?

Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus! Details

TitleHave Fun, Anna Hibiscus!
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 1st, 2011
PublisherKane/Miller Book Publishers
ISBN-139781610670081
Rating
GenreCultural, Africa, Childrens, Chapter Books, Canada, Family

Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus! Review

  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    I did not know dogs were not pets in Africa, or at least in the city in Nigeria. So Canada is cold, has dogs inside the house, and has bedrooms for only one person. Oh what an experience for Anna Hibiscus!
  • Sarita
    January 1, 1970
    Anna Hibiscus was a little girl who lived in Africa. She lived in a big white house with her whole family. Her cousins, her aunties and uncles, her mother and father and her Grandmother and Grandfather. Everybody in Anna's family was born in Africa, including Anna. Everybody except Anna's mother. Anna's mother was from Canada, and that's where snow was. Anna wanted to see snow and play in snow so badly. So her family planed a trip for her to go there. Anna would visit her mother's mother, Gra Anna Hibiscus was a little girl who lived in Africa. She lived in a big white house with her whole family. Her cousins, her aunties and uncles, her mother and father and her Grandmother and Grandfather. Everybody in Anna's family was born in Africa, including Anna. Everybody except Anna's mother. Anna's mother was from Canada, and that's where snow was. Anna wanted to see snow and play in snow so badly. So her family planed a trip for her to go there. Anna would visit her mother's mother, Granny Canada. When Anna Hibiscus got to Canada, Granny Canada had a dog named Qimmiq! Anna was afraid of dogs, but soon, she became friends with him. Eventually, Anna begins to feel lonely, and wants her cousins to play with. One day she meets some children playing in the snow. One of the girls, Anna's age, seems nice. But some of the other children made fun of Anna because she was from Africa. In the end she becomes friends with all the children, and is better at sledding then any of them! Just before she leaves, she meets a girl who's father is from Africa like Anna! They both go home in the plane with Auntie Jumoke together. THE END!I think this is one of my favorite Anna Hibiscus books. One of the reasons is because I lived in Canada too, and played in the snow there! I like when Anna ends up being really good at sledding. And the children ask her to steer the sled down the hill. Anna described sledding as 'flying on snow'.By Sarita
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  • Marjorie Ingall
    January 1, 1970
    Anna Hibiscus leaves "Africa, amazing Africa" for the first time to visit her Granny Canada a world away. (Anna's mother is white and her daddy is black.) She sees snow for the first time, and learns that dogs -- which in Africa are scary, bitey, germ-ridden, garbage-eating wild things -- can be excellent. This may be my favorite book in the series. Or maybe not. I LOVE THEM ALL SO MUCH I TELL YOU.
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  • Franki Sibberson
    January 1, 1970
    Love this series--how have I missed it. Time to order all 5!
  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    What, no more Anna Hibiscus books? Say it ain't so! Natalie and I loved the whole series and can't wait for more.
  • Jenna (Falling Letters)
    January 1, 1970
    Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa with her father’s large family, but now she is visiting wintry Canada alone for the first time to stay with her maternal grandmother. Her visit addresses the cultural complexities of being a visitor in a foreign land, and particularly an African in Canada. The writing avoids being heavy handed, however, and Anna Hibiscus also has plenty of fun enjoying the activities Canadian winter has to offer. Age 7+.
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  • Madigan Mirza
    January 1, 1970
    This charming series features easy to read, realistic fiction short stories about Anna Hibiscus, an earnest and funny little girl growing up in "Africa. Amazing Africa." She lives with her parents, her extended family, and her two baby twin brothers who simply go by the names, "Double" and "Trouble." In this set of adventures, Anna is off to Canada to visit with her white grandmother. She has never seen snow before, is frightened of Grandma Canada's pet dog, isn't sure if she'll be able to stoma This charming series features easy to read, realistic fiction short stories about Anna Hibiscus, an earnest and funny little girl growing up in "Africa. Amazing Africa." She lives with her parents, her extended family, and her two baby twin brothers who simply go by the names, "Double" and "Trouble." In this set of adventures, Anna is off to Canada to visit with her white grandmother. She has never seen snow before, is frightened of Grandma Canada's pet dog, isn't sure if she'll be able to stomach foreign food, and initially doesn't get along with the other kids in town. Everything resolves happily, of course, when Anna discovers that she loves playing in snow and Grandma's dog Qimmiq is able to come to her rescue when she finds herself lodged in a snowbank. While nothing will ever replace the tasty African food she is used to, Anna Hibiscus finds traditional Canadian Christmas food delicious too, and eventually comes to befriend the neighbor kids. While the book never explicitly states what country Anna Hibiscus lives in, or how old she is, I have to assume that she is probably a first-grader, and writer Atinuke says she was inspired by her own childhood growing up in Nigeria. The appealing illustrations which decorate nearly every page and large type make for a comfortable read for readers new to chapter books. I will put this series into the hands of children who are hungry for stories with black characters that are not set during the Civil War, or the 1960's. Warm, relateable, and unique, Anna Hibiscus is certain to take her rightful place beside Junie B. Jones, Clementine, Ruby Lu, Ramona and other classic early middle-grade fiction.
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  • Nancy Kotkin
    January 1, 1970
    Children's chapter book series about a young girl growing up in Africa, within her family's walled-in compound. The stories are bursting with authentic African scenery and daily life. The protagonist is only five or six years old, which is young for a chapter book, but it works well for this series because it allows readers to learn things about African culture while Anna herself grows in her understanding of the world around her. While Anna's family is financially secure, Anna and her readers c Children's chapter book series about a young girl growing up in Africa, within her family's walled-in compound. The stories are bursting with authentic African scenery and daily life. The protagonist is only five or six years old, which is young for a chapter book, but it works well for this series because it allows readers to learn things about African culture while Anna herself grows in her understanding of the world around her. While Anna's family is financially secure, Anna and her readers come into contact with some true poverty when she ventures outside the walls of her family's compound. Her parents are bi-racial; her mother is Canadian and her father is African. I love Anna's large extended family and the rich cultural experience I'm able to have with them. And I love the illustrations, which allow readers to connect more deeply to the exotic setting and the family compound. Warm, funny, and educational. Highly recommend.Book #4 in this series is a bit different because Anna Hibiscus visits her maternal grandmother in Canada. Still, Anna has moments to shine and her African customs are never far from her, wherever she may travel.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    Delicious drawings, heartwarming story and wonderful characters. I definitely want to read more from this author. The story involves a young girl of indeterminant age, perhaps early elementary, who travels from her native Africa to visit relatives in Canada. Author Atinuke has an incredible way of expressing complicated emotions with extremely simple descriptions. There is a grace and terseness to her writing that is highly satisfying. It is warm and childlike but never childish or silly. It's k Delicious drawings, heartwarming story and wonderful characters. I definitely want to read more from this author. The story involves a young girl of indeterminant age, perhaps early elementary, who travels from her native Africa to visit relatives in Canada. Author Atinuke has an incredible way of expressing complicated emotions with extremely simple descriptions. There is a grace and terseness to her writing that is highly satisfying. It is warm and childlike but never childish or silly. It's kind of miraculous. The illustrations are perfectly matched - elegant, and expressing much with great economy.As the parent of a child who is growing up in the Caribbean but has family in places far away and snowy, there is much that resonates for us in this book.Loved, loved, loved this.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book of the Anna Hibiscus series. Here comes her trip to Canada. What will it be like? Her family advises her on all the things to watch out for but she comes to find out that things are different in Canada. Dogs do come in the house and are not like the wild skinny dogs in Africa that eat from the garbage. She finally sees snow and makes friend. She makes one final friend who coincidentally is taking a trip to Africa to see her father on the same flight that Anna Hibiscus is I really liked this book of the Anna Hibiscus series. Here comes her trip to Canada. What will it be like? Her family advises her on all the things to watch out for but she comes to find out that things are different in Canada. Dogs do come in the house and are not like the wild skinny dogs in Africa that eat from the garbage. She finally sees snow and makes friend. She makes one final friend who coincidentally is taking a trip to Africa to see her father on the same flight that Anna Hibiscus is taking back to Africa. I hope there is another volume in this series so we can see Anna Hibiscus and her new friend Violet Lily while Violet Lily adjusts to to life in Africa while she is visiting her father. I think this was the best of all the books so far.
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  • Sherrie
    January 1, 1970
    Anna is off to visit her Grandmother, who lives in Canada. Anna lives in Africa and has never been away from home. When she gets to Canada, she finds it's very cold and lots of snow. Her grandmother has a dog, Qimmac, who Anna doesn't trust. In her country dogs are bad, they bite, they are dirty and they give you sickness. So seeing Qimmac, she thinks he's a bad dog. But they soon make friends. Anna also makes friends with the children of the neighborhood. She learns how to slide down a snowy hi Anna is off to visit her Grandmother, who lives in Canada. Anna lives in Africa and has never been away from home. When she gets to Canada, she finds it's very cold and lots of snow. Her grandmother has a dog, Qimmac, who Anna doesn't trust. In her country dogs are bad, they bite, they are dirty and they give you sickness. So seeing Qimmac, she thinks he's a bad dog. But they soon make friends. Anna also makes friends with the children of the neighborhood. She learns how to slide down a snowy hill. Anna has all kinds of memories to take back to Africa. Very nice book.
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  • Betsy
    January 1, 1970
    I think the Anna Hibiscus books get better as you read through the series! While my daughter (age 6) and I enjoyed the first one, we've enjoyed each consecutive one more and more (and we've read them totally out of order after book 1). This was the second one we read. We enjoyed Anna's first sled ride, her determination to be herself in the midst of a cold, snowy Canada, her insecurity turned into friendships and memories, and her relationship with her grandmother (besides, who wouldn't want to I think the Anna Hibiscus books get better as you read through the series! While my daughter (age 6) and I enjoyed the first one, we've enjoyed each consecutive one more and more (and we've read them totally out of order after book 1). This was the second one we read. We enjoyed Anna's first sled ride, her determination to be herself in the midst of a cold, snowy Canada, her insecurity turned into friendships and memories, and her relationship with her grandmother (besides, who wouldn't want to eat chocolate cereal every morning?!).
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  • Maren
    January 1, 1970
    I love Anna Hibiscus. Atinuke has an amazing talent for relating to a young child's emotions and to make other complex issues presentable to very young readers. Culture shock and prejudice were presented in very simple yet effective ways in this book, but it was still completely charming and heartwarming. I'm sad that my oldest feels she has outgrown this series, but I'm looking forward to her younger siblings getting to experience Anna Hibiscus in the near future.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    In this entry, Anna Hibiscus is visiting Granny Canada all by herself and learning that a lot of things are different than at home. Not only the snow, but the food and the clothes and the dogs. And without all of her cousins surrounding her, Anna Hibiscus learns about making friends and standing up for her differences. This series just continues to be fabulous!
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  • Karen Arendt
    January 1, 1970
    Each chapter in the Anna hibiscus stories is a story of its own. In the fourth Anna story, Anna is finally going to Canada to visit her grandmother. There she learns that dogs are not always dirty, full of worms and germs, and bite. She also shows other children not to be judgmental about people from other countries. This was my favorite Anna story yet!
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  • Claire Carlisle
    January 1, 1970
    The Anna Hibiscus series is wonderful. Its gentle, loving storytelling is an antidote to today's madness. I'm reading the whole series, but Have Fun is, to my mind, the pinnacle so far. Perfect little story, wonderful illustrations. It's worth a read just to witness Anna seeing snow for the first time, and the lovely double-spread illustration that represents the moment.
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  • B
    January 1, 1970
    So far, this has been my favorite with Anna leaving behind her family for a month to visit her Granny in Canada and experiencing snow and another culture which includes having dogs live inside a house. Her new experiences with warm clothing, "yellow socks that went right up and turned into knickers", and the beautiful and cute illustrations warmed my heart.
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  • Daria
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this! Need to order rest in series. Just disappointed that this title doesn't mention the country she lives in, just states that she lives in Africa. Towards end of text, does state that Africa is a big continent with lots of countries. Can't wait to share this with students when they return.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This story tells about Anna's trip from her home in Africa to visit her grandmother in Canada during Christmas, so it provides readers with a peek at some of the differences in those lifestyles and cultures. This is part of a series that's a great pick for younger advanced readers.
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  • Alison Donnelly
    January 1, 1970
    Anna's dream of seeing snow comes true as she visits Granny Canada. This is a great series that makes the world seem smaller for children and teaches them how things can be both different and the same, no matter where we travel.
  • Zoe Tandy
    January 1, 1970
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Our children loved them! So heartfelt and sweet and also gives my kids a taste of another culture.
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I love the waggly warm illustrations of Qimmiq the dog!
  • Jacqueline
    January 1, 1970
    Easy to read. I liked the multicultural aspect comparing wintertime in Canada to Anna's home in Africa. Anna is a lovable character.
  • A.
    January 1, 1970
    We need more books about everyday experiences of children in other countries and the Anna Hibiscuis books are a genuine treat!
  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    These books make me want to visit Canada and Africa.
  • Ginger
    January 1, 1970
    Another delightful early reader chronicling the adventures of Anna Hibiscus asshe visits her Granny Canada.
  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this one with Anna going to Canada.
  • Melisa
    January 1, 1970
    i think this is a fun book for little kids and shows the life of a fun loving girl
  • Hillvan
    January 1, 1970
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