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Anna Hibiscus’ Song

by Atinuke 
Illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Published by Kane Miller, 2011
32 pages
ISBN: trade 978–1–61067–040–1

Ages 3-6

“Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa.” And she is feeling happy, “so happy, she almost floats out of the tree” in which she is sitting. Anna asks the members of her large and loving extended family what to do with all her happiness, and as she acts on each suggestion her happiness grows and grows. But only when Anna is sitting quietly in the tree again does she come up with something that is her own special way of expressing happiness: Her feelings pour out in a happiness song. Author Atinuke offers up an ebullient picture book story featuring the little girl she first introduced in the newly independent reader Anna Hibiscus (U.S. edition: Kane / Miller, 2010), set in a distinct but unspecified African nation. Lauren Tobia’s joyful illustrations reflect specific details of contemporary life in Africa for this biracial (Black/white) child.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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