Atinuke is a Nigerian storyteller. She draws upon her recent
ancestry from Yoruba land, England and Wales, and more ancient
origins of Spain, Portugal and China, to tell stories from both the
world of folktales and contemporary life. She lives in Wales with
her husband and two sons. Anna Hibiscus is her first title
for Walker Books.
Lauren Tobia worked as an intensive care nurse before graduating from the University of the West of England with a degree in Illustration. While studying, she was highly commended in the Macmillan Children's Book Prize. She lives in Bristol and has two daughters and a greyhound called Mickey.
Gr 1-3-With this introductory phrase, "Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa," we are introduced to the many facets of an African child's daily life with her close-knit family. The culture, land, and people of Africa come shining through in Atinuke's absolutely delightful stories (Walker, 2007) in this early chapter book. Four vignettes focusing on the child's life with her large, noisy, extended family point out the value of following traditions. Whether on holiday, selling oranges, dreaming of snow, or advising her Auntie Comfort in America, Anna Hibiscus learns lessons about respecting her elders, working hard, and becoming a proper African lady. Mutiyat Ade-Salu makes the sights and sounds of Africa come alive with her mesmerizing African lilt and clear diction. The humor and the gravity of the text are beautifully expressed, and the images of smiling relatives, lagoons, and the compound where Anna Hibiscus lives linger. One highlight is the simple, joyful paean to snow sung by Anna Hibiscus, although she has never actually seen it. Students will be fascinated by the richness of living near the sea and the rainforest, and will find opportunities to compare and contrast this lifestyle with their own experiences. A gem.-Lonna Pierce, MacArthur and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Binghamton, NY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This is a wonderful collection of colourful, warm and lively
stories to be read over and over. * Primary Times *
A series of lively, captivating tales. * The Scotsman *
In her first novel, storyteller Atinuke guides us through Anna's throughly modern multicultural life and family and Lauren Tobia's evocative illustrations spill around the text. * Juno *
An interesting read in which we learn to appreciate the joys of African life. * Cork Evening Echo *
Memorable and enchanting. * School Library Journal *
A life-affirming way to encourage your child to celebrate simple joys * Junior *
a story of sizzling happiness that starts small and grows irrepressibly...her township is beautifully drawn...a book to put - and keep - a smile on your face * The Observer *
There are so many reasons to love the Anna Hibiscus books as wonderful stories with beautiful illustrations; but the inclusion of a mixed-race family and unfamiliar cultural setting make these important books to share with every child * Child-Led Chaos *
Featured in The Independent IE's piece 'Teaching children about race and equality in words and rhyme'. * Independent IE *