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From Anna (Anna Solden #1)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  609 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Moving is never easy, especially when you're a little 9-year-old girl moving from the tumult of living in Nazi Germany to Canada in the 1930s. And if you're clumsy and your older brothers and sisters all call you "Awkward Anna" as well, it's even worse. In award-winning writer Jean Little's poignant novel, From Anna, readers are sure to be touched by Anna Soldens's struggl ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 31st 1973 by HarperTrophy (first published 1972)
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This book is top-notch. It is written by a very sensitive children's author, Jean Little. It is about a little girl who is different from the rest of the family. She is awkward and is always stumbling over things. She cannot understand how her brothers and sisters can tell their Father is coming down the street before she hears his steps. Her mother is exasperated with her because she cannot learn to sew, but Anna wonders where the eye of the needle is that she can't find. Her teacher says she i ...more
Kerri (Book Hoarder)
I love this book so much, it's one of those ones that I've read over and over.

Set in the 1930's, From Anna tells the story of a nine year old girl who has to deal with the tumult of moving from Germany to Canada. For a young girl who's always had to deal with being awkward and the one who sticks out among her siblings, the sudden chaos of the move, a new country and learning English means that this is a very difficult time for Anna - and for her family as well!

The story gently unravels Anna's
Jul 16, 2013 Westcoast_girl rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children aged 6+, Christmas celebrators, Book lovers
I have read this book over and over.

Anna is a young girl from a large German family. With the threat of War coming, Anna's father moves the family to Canada. But the move isn't easy. Everyone must learn English and adjust to Canadian culture. Furthermore, Anna must stop being so clumsy!

Everyone scorns young Anna and calls her 'Awkward Anna'. That is, until a Doctor's report reveals that Anna has very bad eyesight. Once Anna is given glasses and put in a special class, her world blooms. Finally,
Mrs. S
From Anna is another of Jean Little's books that I remembered from my childhood. It's funny how specific scenes and images have stuck with me and others are like new to me now. This book focuses on Anna, the slow, clumsy youngest child of a family who moves suddenly from Germany to Canada just before World War II breaks out. When they arrive in the States, Anna visits a doctor who discovers that her troubles are a result of her seriously limited eyesight. Getting glasses and joining a class of o ...more
Anna Solden has always been "awkward"--a word she hates, but accepts as true. It's a label her siblings have given her, and her school teacher and even her mother are exasperated with her. She constantly stumbles, cannot read well, and there are so many things she cannot do. Changes have come to Germany in the 1930's--some quite frightening--and Anna's father feels that it will be better if he takes his family away from an increasingly dangerous environment. The Soldens emigrate to Canada, where ...more
This actually probably more of a children's or young adult book, but I love it. It's a very tender story about a little girl who emigrates with her family to Canada from Germany on the eve of WWII.
This has been one of my favorite books for a long time.
Mary JL
Nov 26, 2008 Mary JL rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a touching family story
From Anna is a wonderful, sensitive touching book. It concerns nine year old Anna who is emigrating from Germany in the 1930's to Canada.

But not only must Anna deal with the new country, but the old problems of being the misfit of the family. When they children are studying English, Anna's older borther Rudy names her "Awkward Anna:.

A quote: "Awkward! Awkward! How she hated it! How she thought it was true. Rudy used it most often--he guessed how much it hurt. Only Papa never used it--he Guessed
Anna a 9-year-old girl moved from Nazi Germany to Canada around the 1030s. She cannot speak English very well, nor is she used to her new home in Canada. One day Anna realizes that she needs glasses, and that's why she was so clumsy all that time. All of a sudden her brothers and sisters thought of Anna so differently. I first picked this book up because I thought the book would have been a book like Dear John, but instead the title was "From Anna," my prediction turned out to be wrong. I finish ...more
Barbara Badore
One of my favorite books from childhood ad one I still enjoy. Jean Little is a fantastic author. She usually has characters with some kind of disability but they are "normal"--they work with their limitations (or learn to) and overcome not just their limitations, but the normal growing pains as well.
This book is amazing! Though I'm much older now and reading it for the second time, I still could relate with Anna. I could practically feel her pain radiating out of the pages. Very well written
This was one of my favorites growing up and I recently read it to my 10 y.o. She enjoyed it too and I liked it just as much as I did years ago.
From Anna is appealing to those in third grade and under. Some may be touched by her story, others may not. Get a life, Anna!
Jean Little is one of my all-time favourite writers and after reading 'From Anna', it is clear that this story was definitely inspired by Jean Little's own life.
Amy Rose
One of my favourite books as a child. I must have read this five or six times in my middle school years.
This heart-warming story features Anna Soldens, who moves from Nazi Germany to Canada, where a family friend recognizes that her vision problem is the root of her academic issues and clumsiness. A special classroom and new teacher help Anna start over and gain a new sense of value. This wholesome story is suitable for religious audiences, and the story includes Christmas presents as part of the plot.
Sarah mang
I think this book is great for people who likes meaningful books. Also for people who likes character development in the story. This book doesn't have action in it.l

Dec 05, 2010 Katie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Heather
One of my top 10, although I keep adding more than 10 to that list. It's one I come back to when I'm feeling sad and lonely. Rich and sweet, and unsentimental.

I wish I could find Listen for the Singing, the sequel.

Remind me and I'll write a fuller review later.
Shreya=Drastically Random. Find the emoticon.
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My name is Anna, so my mom got this book for me at a used-book sale. It sat on my shelf for a few weeks and then I started to read it. It was one of the most touching stories I have ever read. (Harry Portera us still better, of course.)
Mary Schwartz
I thought From Anna by Jean Little was the best book I've ever read. I'm 50% German and this book is my favorite German story. Sometimes I feel just like Anna.
This is one of my most remembered books. I truly loved it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys children's literature. It's a beautiful story.
Love Jean Little and the stories she creates. Also love that they are re-releasing the covers so that my current students are willing to pick them up :)
Great little story, I remember Jean Little coming to my school in grade 5, she was very inspirational.
I loved this book as a child, and recently re-read it; it's still good these many years later! :)
This is a great book that shows that sometimes the smallest things can make you happy.
A touching story told from an awkward Child's point of view.
am 10 and I read this book at school
My favourite book as a kid!
Reminds me of a person I know
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Jean Little is a Canadian author, born in Taiwan. Her work has mainly consisted of children's literature, but she has also written two autobiographies: Little by Little and Stars Come Out Within. Little has been partially blind since birth as a result of scars on her cornea and is frequently accompanied by a guide dog.
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