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From Anna

(Anna Solden #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  998 ratings  ·  73 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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Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
At first Anna is depicted weakly: not speaking-up among family, peers, or teachers on the simplest matters. Later, I grew to enjoy "From Anna", 1972, much more than I envisioned! I can't bear mistreatment, which thankfully this book was not about. I despair enough of anyone being underestimated and disregarded too often, which was Anna's plight. Mercifully, there was always her Dad or some friend who understood her better and gave her credence in the weakling days. This becomes a phenomenal stor ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the best things Jean Little has ever written. And since - as Andree put it - Jean Little is a Canadian treasure, that's saying a great deal.

It's a punch in the gut, Anna's story. Here is someone who knows exactly what it's like to be lonely, but not how to fix it, so she steels herself against while it only gets worse. Who is the youngest of her family and doesn't fit in with any of them - doesn't even look like any of them. Who can't read, and can't play games, and is alway
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
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
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
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
target age: maybe 8?

I want to share this book with a child! There's not a lot of action, but the characters are nicely developed. Both of which are rather unusual for a book that targets a young audience. Little has succeeded in framing the story in such a way, that I bet all readers will be cheering for Anna long before the end of the book. (There's also a gentle introduction to the harsh changes that Germans experienced in the early 1930s.)
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just read it again for the ___ time. This time out loud to my 10 year old boy. We just finished it and he said “that’s actually a pretty good book”, with an impressed look on his face. We’ll take it as a huge compliment 😂
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it

Meet Anna, a 9-year-old German girl who has to make a new start in Canada. And boy, does she ever. Through a lot of the book she gets made fun of, and called Awkward. This soon changes once a very nice doctor tells her and her family something shocking. If I told any more, I'd be ruining this book.
Jean Little tends to write books about young children that have to overcome having a various disability. Anna does just this in this heartwarming story. You'd think that Anna would have done a lot of c
Mrs. S
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
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
Jennifer Bohnhoff
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
This book begins in Germany in 1933. Anna Solden is the youngest and clumsiest in a large family that treats her like the incompetent baby. After they immigrate to America to escape the worsening political scene, the family discovers that Anna can barely see. A new pair of glasses and a special class for the visually impaired helps her blossom into a proficient and confident child. The climax features a Christmas during the depression that might have been dismal had it not been for the pluck and ...more
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
We mostly liked this book. I didn't really like how the mom was always choosing "the dearest child" or some of the negative behaviors by some of the children. But the general story line was good - a German family with 5 children moves to Canada. The youngest girl, Anna, has trouble with lots of things and most of her family thinks she's just "slow" or even stupid (even she does). It turns out she just can't see and life improves for her when she gets glasses.
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.)
Nov 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goodstuff
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.
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This has been one of my favorite books for a long time.
Mary Schwartz
Oct 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great little story, I remember Jean Little coming to my school in grade 5, she was very inspirational.
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, with its realistic description of the effects of a disability - in this case poor/limited eyesight. Nice family dynamics.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Bernadet Leda
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From Anna is a book everyone must read! It is about a 9 year old girl, the youngest of 5 children. Anna is different from her older siblings and they never let her forget, her father being the only one who understands her, or at least tries to. She’s awkward and seems to never to do anything right. She is treated poorly at home and school as well. However, the tables slowly begin to turn when Anna and her family are forced to move to Canada because of financial issues. I loved reading how Anna ...more
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book very much, it was a lovely read. I read it when I was young, and happened across it in a thrift store last weekend. I didn't know exactly what it was, but the cover illustration seemed familiar. I paid 25 cents for it.
I remembered the story as soon as I started to read. I don't know if I had a copy when I was little or if I simply borrowed it from my elementary school library, but I am very happy to own a copy now. I went to bed late, but stayed up past midnight to finish it. I
I remember reading this one when I was much younger and having a great deal of sympathy for Anna. As an adult, I still have a great deal of sympathy for Anna. However, as someone who grew-up as the Anna in her family, I was also just really outraged at the level of abuse that Anna's family levelled at her. It turned my stomach. The book was very well written, but that stomach churning-ness kept me from giving the book more than three stars. I will, however, continue to (re)read books by this aut ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to my friend Sara Libby for introducing me to Jean Little. What a charming book about 9 year old Anna. She overcomes all and learns to have confidence in herself.

I wish more of Little’s books were available in the US.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anna and her family have to move from Germany to Canada. Anna struggles with teasing from her siblings, getting glasses, not having enough money, and having to go to a new school.
I really liked this book. It is sweet.
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: would-recommend
Great story of a little girl during a hard time I have read this book twice and I still love every word of the book. I love the way it is written and the whole story itself. Any person would love this book.
Dec 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
anna soldens was the youngest in her family, she is nothing like her older brothers or sisters. she was special to her dad, even her didnt know what to do with her. anna despised english and reading .
Zahraa Raafat
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any clasiiscs-lover
Anna is just perfect
Anna is a human masterpiece <3
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Borrowed from a 5th grader
and thoroughly enjoyed it !!
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, oh-canada
I was sure I had read this book when our girls were young but I now realized I never had. I know; shocking!
Audrey Louisa
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favourite books when I was a kid. I cried every single one of the seven times that I read it. :)
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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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