Nigerian-born author Atinuke's acclaimed Anna Hibiscus tales have won starred reviews from Booklistand Kirkus Reviews. This first tale in the series introduces young listeners to Anna, who lives with her parents, twin brothers, and large extended family in Africa. Anna is overjoyed when she learns she gets to go on a beach vacation with her parents. But once away from her aunties and cousins, Anna begins to think that vacations aren' t so great after all- especially when you can' t experience them with everyone you love.
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by Nikki Grimes
"Narrator Mutiyat Ade-Salu does this author proud. "Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa, amazing Africa," along with her mother and father twin baby brothers, Double and Trouble aunties, uncles, and grandparents. In the story Anna and her nuclear family attempt a vacation, Auntie Comfort comes from America on holiday, Grandfather helps Anna experience the difference between her life and that of the orange-selling girls, and a letter from Granny Canada brings an invitation to enjoy her first snow. Ade-Salu sets a steady pace, speeding and slowing for emphasis, and uses tonal changes to accentuate Anna's changing moods. With her gentle African accent, Ade-Salu adds authenticity to both the modern and traditional aspects of life in the family compound. Her family members have distinct voices full of despair or joy, and she sings Anna's snow song with gusto! A.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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